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The Child’s Child

Published by Viking in 2013

‘When Grace and her brother Andrew inherit their grandmother’s house in Hampstead, they decide to move in together. It seems the obvious thing to do: they’ve always got on well, the house is large enough to split down the middle, and neither of them likes partying or loud music. There’s one thing they’ve forgotten though: what if one of them wants to bring a lover into the house? When Andrew’s partner James moves in, it alters the balance—with almost fatal consequences…’

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The Birthday Present

Published by Viking in 2008

‘It’s late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing between Ivor Tesham, a rising star in Margaret Thatcher’s government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. Set amidst an age of IRA bombings, the first Gulf War, and sleazy politics, The Birthday Present is the gripping story of a fall from grace, and of a man who carries within him all the hypocrisy, greed and self-obsession of a troubled era…’

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The Minotaur

Published by Viking in 2005

‘Kerstin Kvist enters crumbling Lydstep Old Hall to live with the Cosways and to act as nurse to John: a grown man fed drugs by his family to control his lunatic episodes. But John's strangeness is grotesquely mirrored in that of his four sisters who roam the dark, mazy Essex country house under the strict gaze of eighty-year-old Mrs Cosway. Despite being treated as an outsider, Kerstin is nevertheless determined to help John. But she soon discovers that there are others in the family who are equally as determined that John remain isolated, for sinister reasons of their own…’

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The Blood Doctor

Published by Viking in 2002

‘A novel about blood - blood in its metaphysical sense as the conductor of an inherited title and blood in its physical sense as the transmitter of disease. The current Lord Nanther, experiencing the reform of the House of Lords, embarks on a biography of his great-grandfather, the first Lord Nanther, favoured physician to Queen Victoria, expert on blood diseases and particularly the royal disease of haemophilia. What he uncovers begins to horrify him as he realizes that Nanther died a guilty man - carrying a horrific secret to the grave…’

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Published by Viking in 2000

‘Blamed by her parents for the tragic death of a friend, Clodagh has been banished from their home in the countryside to a dingy basement flat in the city. Her life is transformed when she meets the inhabitants on the top floor of 15 Russia Road. An exotic range of young people who explore a London of roofs, eaves and ledges, thrilling in the freedom and danger…’

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The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy

Published by Viking in 1998

‘When successful author Gerald Candless dies of a sudden heart attack, his eldest, adoring daughter Sarah embarks on a memoir of him and soon discovers that her perfect father was not all he appeared to be. That in fact, he wasn't Gerald Candless at all. But then, who was he? And what terrible secret had driven him to live a lie for all those years?…’

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The Brimstone Wedding

Published by Viking in 1996

‘Jenny's marriage is loveless, and she is having an affair. She works at an old people's home, where she is especially fond of Stella, a woman dying of cancer—whose own secrets parallel Jenny's—with the difference that she may have been involved in murdering her lover's husband…’

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No Night is Too Long

Published by Viking in 1994

‘Set in Alaska and Suffolk, this story involves a brother (Ivo) and sister (Isabel), each of whom has a sexual relationship with Tim. When Ivo is left for dead on an Arctic island, the way seems clear for Tim and Isabel. But nothing plays itself out in the way one might expect…’

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Asta’s Book

Published by Viking in 1993

‘It is 1905. Asta and her husband Rasmus have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keep loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over seventy years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold they key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter Ann to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before…’

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King Solomon’s Carpet

Published by Viking in 1991

‘Jarvis Stringer lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking a tube line, compiling his obsessive, secret history of London's Underground. His presence and his strange house draw a band of misfits into his orbit: young Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who gets his kicks on the tube; and mysterious Axel, whose dark secret later casts a shadow over all of their lives…’

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Published by Viking in 1990

‘When Sandor snatched little Joe from the path of a London Tube train, he was quick to make clear the terms of the rescue. ‘I saved your life,’ he told the homeless youngster, ‘so your life belongs to me now’. Sandor began to tell him a fairy-tale: an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess chained by one ankle, a missed rendezvous. But what did this mysterious story have to do with Sandor's preparations? Joe had only understood his own role: he was a gallowglass, the servant of a Chief…’

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The House of Stairs

Published by Viking in 1988

‘Lizzie hasn't seen her old friend, Bell, for some fourteen years. But when she spots her from a taxi in a London street she jumps out and pursues her despite all the terrible things that passed between them. As Lizzie reveals those events, little by little, the women rekindle their friendship, with terrifying results…’

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A Fatal Inversion

Published by Viking in 1987

‘In the long hot summer of 1976, a group of young people are camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there, what they are doing or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. In short, they exist. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and a child are discovered in the Hall's animal cemetery. Which woman? Whose child?…’

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A Dark-adapted Eye

Published by Viking in 1986

‘Like most families, they had their secrets. And they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the fifties was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors – even murder…’