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The Small Hours


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A wonderful and startling novel about the havoc and pain, healing and love that comes with growing up in a family. Like A.L. Kennedy and Ali Smith, Susie Boyt is an exquisite writer, thoughtful and truly original.

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Susie Boyt is the author of four acclaimed novels and a memoir, MY JUDY GARLAND LIFE, which was serialised on Radio 4 and will be staged at the Nottingham Playhouse in Spring 2013. Since 2002 she has been writing a weekly column about London life for the Financial Times, and has written for all the other broadsheet newspapers as well as publications ranging from Vogue to the London Review of Books. Susie is the daughter of Lucian Freud and the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud.She also works part-time as a bereavement counsellor.


Darkly funny . . . You can't help wishing that everyone was a bit more like Harriet - Marie Claire - Emma HerdmanThe Small Hours excites with refined delights . . . Boyt's economical prose remains elegantly polished, her descriptions of the subtleties of psychotherapy spine-tingling . . . A meaty yet accessible novel possessing great psychological rigour - Sunday Telegraph - Lucy BeresfordAn unsettling yet absorbing story - Metro - Ben FelsenbergBoyt weaves an engaging combination of psychological insight and piercing black humour to produce a thoroughly engaging, thought-provoking story - The Lady - Mel ClarkeAn exquisitely written tale of a damaged woman attempting to mend her past with a grand gesture - Psychologies magazineThe Small Hours is an absolute gem of a novel: exquisite, diamond-bright and lacerating to the hardest of hearts - Literary Review - Amanda CraigBoyt delicately interweaves the revelation of Harriet's past with the unravelling of her present and skilfully leavens the inevitable tragic conclusion with the exuberance and chatter of the girls, who bring as much joy to the reader as their teacher - Daily Mail - Michael ArdittiBoyt has a gift for creating loveable protagonists . . . Boyt has studied Henry James and his stylistic influence is visible, both in the vibrant intensity of Harriet's character and the rich dra

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