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In the same delectable format as the MATISSE STORIES and THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE'S EYE, this new collection deals with betrayal and loyalty, quests and longings, loneliness and passion - the mysterious absences at the heart of hte fullest lives. A scholar pursues an elusive biographer, stumbling upon buried fragments of distant lives; a woman walks out of her previous existence and encounters an ice-blond stranger from a secretive world; a schoolgirl draws a blood-filled picture of jael; a swimming pool reveals a beauteous monster in its depths. The settings range from the heart of Provence in summer to the cold forests of Scandinavia, form chalk-strewn classrooms to herbscented hillsides, from suburban streets to rocky wilds. a marvellous present for all A. S. Byatt fans, this magical collection is also the perfect introduction to one of our finest contemporary writers.


  • A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt
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