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The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell

The Hand That First Held Mine

By: Maggie O'Farrell

Paperback | 22 March 2011 | Edition Number 1

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The latest unforgettable novel from bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell.

A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood, this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists.

When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.

About the Author

Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in London. Her debut novel, After You'd Gone, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award.
Industry Reviews
O'Farrell has a remarkable ability to convey the texture of human emotion with precision - Observer

Like Daphne du Maurier...O'Farrell writes books designed to...bring our most primal fears to the surface - Daily Mail

O'Farrell is a skilful, impassioned writer...engaging and fluent - Sunday Telegraph

Genuinely unputdownable...evidence of her place as one of Britain's most engaging contemporary novelists - Literary Review

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