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In the Garden of the Fugitives - Ceridwen Dovey

In the Garden of the Fugitives

Paperback Published: 26th February 2018
ISBN: 9781926428598
Number Of Pages: 320

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Almost twenty years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce. Once, she was one of his brightest protégées; now her career has stalled and Royce is ailing, and each has a need to settle accounts.

Beyond their murky shared history, both have lost beloveds, one to an untimely death, another to a strange disappearance. And both are trying to free themselves from deeper pasts, Vita from the inheritance of her birthplace, Royce from the grip of the ancient city of Pompeii and the secrets of the Garden of the Fugitives. Between what’s been repressed and what has been excavated are disturbances that reach back through decades, even centuries.

Addictive and unsettling, In the Garden of the Fugitives is a masterpiece of duplicity and counterplay, as brilliantly illuminating as it is surprising – about the obscure workings of guilt in the human psyche, the compulsion to create, and the dangerous morphing of desire into control. It is the breakthrough work of one of Australia’s most exciting emerging writers.

About the Author

Ceridwen Dovey was born in South Africa and raised between South Africa and Australia. She studied social anthropology at Harvard as an undergraduate and received her Masters in social anthropology from New York University. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was published in fifteen countries, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and selected for the US National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 Under 35' honours list. The Wall Street Journal has named her as one of their 'artists to watch.' Her second book of fiction, Only the Animals, was described by The Guardian as a 'dazzling, imagined history of humans' relationship with animals.' Ceridwen lives in Sydney.




Storyline wasn't gripping enough for me. I liked the Pompeii and Herculaneum references but in some sections of the book I had to make myself keep reading - I never like to give up on a book (just in case). I would discuss the book with my reader friends and let them decide whether or not to read it. I did like the Author's writing style and so would recommend on that basis.

NSW, Australia.


What really happened to Kitty....?


I read this for book club and really enjoyed this - the format makes it very accessible and the language is easy to read. Draws on Ceridwen's own experiences. A good first full-length novel.



In the Garden of the Fugitives

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ISBN: 9781926428598
ISBN-10: 1926428595
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th February 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.43