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Publisher Description

From the Costa Award winning, bestselling author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM, comes an intense, breathtakingly accomplished story of a woman's life stolen, and reclaimed.

'Unputdownable' Ali Smith

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.

Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.

Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?

Fiction & Literature
12 November

Customer Reviews

jonathan@oxford ,

Unsettling, yet beautifully written

O’Farrell unwraps the story of love and loss cleverly and with such beautiful use of language. The glimpses through the mists of time, as the whole history of Kitty and Esme, and their families, gradually emerges. Keeping you intrigued the whole way through, but subtly accelerating to a climactic end as realisations dawn. And subtly mirrored with the present day story of Iris. The characters all emerge off the page - so strongly you could meet them in the street - in fact, you feel you have met them already, in some past life.

ainorb ,

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

This is a great piece of writing. Gripping, imaginative and heart rendering

Catpaw54 ,

The vanishing act of Esme Lennox

A beautiful read. Read it.!

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