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***SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION***



From the bestselling author of Asylum, Trauma and Spider



'Ghosts of the theatre and the spectre of fascism haunt cold and grimy London in this atmospheric tale from a master of the grotesque.' Guardian



JANUARY 1947.



London is in ruins, there's nothing to eat, and it's the coldest winter in living memory.



To make matters worse, Charlie Grice, one of the great stage actors of the day, has suddenly died. His widow Joan, the wardrobe mistress, is beside herself with grief.



Then one night she discovers Gricey's secret. Plunged into a dark new world, Joan realises that though fascism might hide, it never dies. Her war isn't over after all.



Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction



'McGrath is one of the age's most elegantly accomplished divers into the human psyche . . . a master writer.' John Banville



`McGrath is that rare yet essential thing, a writer who can expose our darkest fears without making us run away from them.' New Statesman



'Wonderfully sinister ... a delight ... you are in for a thrilling ride.' Spectator



'A brilliant evocation of the theatrical world's seedy glamour, The Wardrobe Mistress is also a moving portrait of a woman struggling to make sense of her past and imagine a future for herself.' Sunday Times



'[A] rich and highly spiced feast of a novel, even before it reaches its classically gothic McGrath climax.' Reader's Digest

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionWar & combat fictionSecond World War fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Cornerstone Publication Date: 09/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781786090003  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Patrick McGrath is the author of two short story collections and nine novels, including the international bestseller, Asylum. He is also the author of Writing Madness, a collection of his short fiction and selected non-fiction. His novel Trauma was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Spider was filmed by David Cronenberg from McGrath's adaptation. He co-edited an influential anthology of short fiction, The New Gothic, and recent non-fiction includes introductions to The Monk, Moby Dick and Barnaby Rudge. Patrick McGrath lives in Manhattan and London.

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In the mists of grief and suffering during the coldest of London winters, Joan feels utterly alone. The sudden loss of her husband, actor Charlie Grice, has left her feeling abandoned, with only work and drink to keep her grounded. But from the shadows of the stage, someone new yet strikingly familiar catches her eye. As Joan's interest in this new man deepens, her world is shaken by ghosts and secrets. A dark and suffocating novel that will dominate your thoughts.

Matt, Web Team

 

'I have always had a strong gothic tendency, which I much enjoy indulging in my fiction.​'

Read more from Patrick McGrath on his Author Page.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/08/2018

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