The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/02/2016
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*As featured on BBC Radio 4's 'A Good Read'* Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times bestseller (2010), THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE is a gorgeously written story of love and motherhood from the author of HAMNET and THE MARRAIGE PORTRAIT.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 her 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.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780755308460
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 30 mm

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The Hand That First Held Mine
Captivating book
I would highly recommend this wonderful book. It is the first Maggie O'Farrell book that I have read yet, I was attracted to it by the front cover, which I... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Not sure...
I found this book quite disturbing and I have mix feelings about it: interesting plot and characters but all the relationships described (women/men, mother... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Five out of five
One word...fantastic! I was gripped from the very first page to the very last one, I didn't want it to finish. The two stories slowly intertwined together ... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Absolutely recommend this book!!
The author's style is akin to absolute telepathy, like she's taking a ride in someone else's mind. Quickly this book is enjoyable because the quality of he... READ MORE
Sankofa Mind
The Hand That First Held Mine
A pleasant suprise
I have to admit, I've never read any of Maggie O'Farrell's books before this one. That said, however I found this book to be an overall good read. I found... READ MORE
Emily Hanson
The Hand That First Held Mine
A Gifted Storyteller
I really struggle to understand the reviewers that say this fantastic story is 'over written'. Personally, I'd say its's damn near perfect and I was hooked... READ MORE
Anne Cater
The Hand That First Held Mine
This novel is the perfect, yet rare, combination of hauntingly beautiful prose and page-turning narrative. A keenly observed, captivating and moving exami... READ MORE
Caroline Crow
The Hand That First Held Mine
Must read!
If you're thinking about reading it, do it! Absolutely beautiful book. Slow start in my opinion but once I was around 80 pages in I couldn't put it down. P... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Maggie O'Farrell at her best
An absolute joy to read, I dreaded coming to the end of the book. I love Maggie O'Farrell's stories. They always flow well, are split into handy reading ch... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
An absorbing and riveting read
After reading the blurb I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. As not being a mother myself, the subject of motherhood did not really appeal. However I f... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
slow to star but good read
the book was a little slow to start ,as the aurhors way of writing is unusual, but the story is good with vivid descriptions of the characters. Two differe... READ MORE
mad about books
The Hand That First Held Mine
I agree...
With everything that everybody else has said here. I thought the story was particularly clever since the central character is not who it appears on first r... READ MORE
Allen Tsui
The Hand That First Held Mine
A great read!
The Hand That First Held Mine
Beautifully Written
Well-written, well-researched and a delight to read. A passage regarding Izzie near the end is so poignant, you will know which one I mean when you read it... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Beautifully written
Maggie O'Farrell is one of my favourite author's. I love her writing style, poetic and descriptive, drawing you in to people's lives without ceremony or fa... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Brilliant Book
I was once told that the way to engage a reader instantly in a novel is through the quality of the first sentence. In "The hand that first held mine" the f... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Absolutely stunning
Oh no, another favourite author releasing a new title – cue the sickening feelings of anxiety when I settle into the story , wondering if it will meet my e... READ MORE
Teresa Majury
The Hand That First Held Mine
Completely absorbing
The Hand that first held mine is a unique novel, with two parallel stories unfolding, that keep you guessing and wondering, The author's way of presenting ... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
I couldn't put this book down!
This book explores the themes of motherhood and fatherhood. It is set in the 1950's and the present. Maggie O'Farrell skillfully navigates her way between ... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
OK but not my cup of tea
This book is essentially about motherhood and the changes to lives that children make. This novel is based on two different women from different periods of... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
i loved this book
This is the first time i have read a Maggie O'Farell book and I really enjoyed this book although it was about two different women in two different periods... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Best I've read for a long time!
Always been a big fan of Maggie O'Farrell even though I tend to like more gritty crime novels than romances. Really enjoyed this, the way two stories sudde... READ MORE
spring greens
The Hand That First Held Mine
This story will stay with me.
We all, I guess, search for books that won't be put down and, even as we hurtle towards the by now expected conclusion, wish for another chapter, another l... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
I first discovered Maggie O’Farrell about four years ago when I read her debut novel, ‘After You’d Gone.’ After that I read everything - anything - she’d w... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
The Hand That First Held Mine
Having read Maggie O'Farrell's first three books I was excited to be reading her latest book,but sadly this book didnot live up to my expectations I found ... READ MORE
Alison Murray
The Hand That First Held Mine
Didn't want it to end, loved it.
This was a great read. I got so involved with both Elina and Lexie I could hardly put the book down. The description of both characters was so vivid that I... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
OK as a quick read, but very samey
My guess is that this would perhaps be more a enjoyable read if you hadn't come across O'Farrell's previous novels; I've read all her others and can't help... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Overall an excellent read
This book is fairly unique, in which in runs between the 1950s and the present day where the stories are some way connected and as you read on it keeps you... READ MORE
The Hand That First Held Mine
Another winnr from Maggie O'Farrell
I only discovered Maggie O'Farrell a few months ago but have been totally addicted ever since - I think there are only two left for me to read. I have read... READ MORE
Barbara Saville