Harriet Said...

Harriet Said...: A Virago Modern Classic

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/12/2012
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Synopsis

'Harriet Said is a highly plotted horror tale that turns the "Obstinate Questionings" of puberty into deadly weapons' NEW YORK TIMES 'An extremely original and disconcerting story' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A sharp, chilling novel . . . The ending has real shock effect' SUNDAY TIMES A girl returns from boarding school to her sleepy Merseyside hometown and waits to be reunited with her childhood friend, Harriet, chief architect of all their past mischief. She roams listlessly along the shoreline and the woods still pitted with wartime trenches and encounters 'the Tsar' - almost old, unhappily married, both dangerously fascinating and repulsive.Pretty, malevolent Harriet finally arrives - and over the course of the long holidays draws her friend into a scheme to beguile then humiliate the Tsar, with disastrous, shocking consequences.A gripping portrayal of adolescent transgression, Beryl Bainbridge's classic first novel remains as subversive today as when it was written.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844088607
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 14 mm

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Harriet Said...
A disturbing tale
HARRIET SAID Beryl Bainbridge The first novel by a prize winning author was finished in 1958 but rejected by a number of publishers as being too distur... READ MORE
Sheila Grant