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The Ghost Lover

Gillian Greenwood

9 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Sometimes the past just won't let go . . .

Josie Price has given up much of her life for the sake of the wealthy Haddeley family. She works with them, lives with them and knows their secrets. So when a young man, Luke, appears and claims, shockingly, to be the son of Kit Haddeley s late wife Alice, Josie tries to help the Haddeleys come to terms with the family ghosts they hoped had been laid to rest.

But Luke s arrival casts shadows on both the past and the future. Above all it is the ghost of Alice Haddeley which hangs most heavily over the family. Through Luke, she seems to demand to be both mourned and revenged.

With her intimate knowledge of the family past, it is Josie who holds the key to the mystery of Alice, and it is Josie, beset by guilt, who must resolve the destructive inheritance which Luke brings in his wake.

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Praise for The Ghost Lover

  • Praise for Gillian Greenwood s first novel, Satisfaction - ---

  • A seriously good comedy of manners - Melvyn Bragg

  • An entertaining and beautifully constructed first novel... It is completely satisfying. Take this book to the beach, but read it in the shade - Observer

  • This is obviously a story Greenwood wants to tell; she loves her troupe of players and has realised them all in a deft, careful way... a gentle, interesting tale and an accomplished debut - Evening Standard

  • With deft plotting, a light touch and plenty of writerly observation about modern mores, Greenwood delivers an entertaining first novel - Guardian

  • Greenwood slowly reveals, in careful, considered prose, the ever-changing dynamics of contentment, and discloses, with the help of a shocking twist, how happiness happens - Daily Mail

  • Praise for The Ghost Lover:

  • Greenwood is a highly talented writer... a superbly imagined and transfixing storyline... she has woven wonders with this genuinely rich work - The Lady

  • A fiercely powerful story, - Good Housekeeping

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Gillian Greenwood

Gillian Greenwood is a former editor of the Literary Review. She has also been Series Editor of BBC 1's Omnibus, and Executive Producer of the South Bank Show. She lives in London.

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