'There were horrors enough, but it was the unexpected detail that threw him and afterwards would not let him go'
On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.
By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
"A magnificient novel" Independent "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama" -- John Updike "A superb achievement" Sunday Times "Brilliantly explores the currents of guilt, shame and anger... Utterly satisfying, complete" Scotsman "Smoulders with slow-burning menace" The Times
Series: Vintage War
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.1 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.21