Ordinary human failings

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It’s 1990 in London and Tom Hargreaves has it all – a burgeoning career as a reporter, fierce ambition and a brisk disregard for the ‘peasants’ – ordinary people, his readers, easy tabloid fodder. His star looks set to rise when he stumbles across a scoop – a dead child on a London estate, grieving parents loved across the neighbourhood, and the finger of suspicion pointing at one reclusive family of Irish immigrants and ‘bad apples’ – the Greens. At their heart sits Carmel – beautiful, otherworldly, broken, and once destined for a future beyond her circumstances until life – and love – got in her way. Crushed by failure and surrounded by disappointment, there’s no chance of escape. Now, with the police closing in on a suspect and the tabloids hunting their monster, she must confront the secrets and silences that have trapped her family for so many generations.

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*LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024*
*SHORTLISTED FOR FICTION – 2023 NERO BOOK AWARDS*

After the death of a young girl, the finger of suspicion is pointing at one reclusive family?

‘Ambitious and original’ DAVID NICHOLLS

‘Gripping? A triumph’ SUNDAY TIMES

It’s 1990 in London and, after the death of a young girl on an estate, the finger of suspicion is pointing at one reclusive Irish family: the Greens.

At their heart sits Carmel: beautiful, other-worldly, and once destined for a future beyond her circumstances until life – and love – got in her way. Now, as the scandal unfolds and the tabloids hunt their monster, she must confront the secrets and silences that have trapped her family for so many generations.

A DAILY TELEGRAPH, TIMES, NEW STATESMAN AND SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Daring, brilliant? Bold and beautiful’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘A compulsive read’ THE TIMES

‘Heartbreaking’ VOGUE

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Weight 173 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 1.5 cm
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Paperback

Pages

226

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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