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The Book of Guilt

Kym Lloyd

19 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A seductive, dark tale of a family uncovering the secrets of the past from the author of the acclaimed ERSKINE'S BOX.

In this enigmatic, powerful tale of the destruction and ultimate resurrection of a family, the truth is unveiled through the confessions of six people: Phineas Goode, a bookshop owner and his wife Maggie, an artist, their two daughters, Phineas ex-mistress and Dr Jabz Reemie, etymologist and former mentor to Phineas. But as each relates his or her version of events, the relative burden of guilt constantly shifts. So who is really guilty, and of what? And who is their mysterious confessor?

Exploring the corrosive effect of secrets and the seductions of storytelling, THE BOOK OF GUILT offers a searing exploration of innocence and evil.

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Praise for The Book of Guilt

  • This assured debut novel teases and delights in equal measure ... the ambiguity of everything Erskine relates keeps the reader hooked to his revelations up to the last page. - Waterstone's Books Quarterly

  • PRAISE FOR ERSKINE'S BOX:

  • Startlingly lovely prose ... It's faultless ... Lloyd carries it off by that simplest of expedients - being brilliant. - Murrough O'Brien, Independent on Sunday

  • This story of unrequited love and artistic failure evolves into a stylish, yet believable tale of gothic horror. The skill of Lloyd's writing makes it a real page-turner, a truly promising debut. - Daily Mail

  • Lloyd has created a compellingly enigmatic monster, one fit to sit alongside other great literary ghouls like John Fowles' Frederick in The Collector and William Trevor's Mr Hilditch in Felicia's Journey ... the slow and teasing way in which Erskine's revelations unfurl is expertly handled by Lloyd, making the tale utterly compelling. This is a spellbinding book which will work its (black) magic on you and keep you up long past your bedtime. - Big Issue in the North

  • Deliciously macabre - Arena

  • Lloyd is a lapdancer of a writer ... damn nasty, and all the better for that - The Face

  • An extraordinary first novel - Time Out

  • Deliciously macabre - Arena

  • A stylish, yet believable tale of gothic horror. The skill of Lloyd s writing makes it a real page-turner, a truly promising debut. - Daily Mail

  • Lloyd is a lapdancer of a writer damn nasty, and all the better for that - The Face

  • A knotty, textured tale of sexual perversion, sinister mythology and the breakdown of a family . . . it s hard not to get swept up by the gathering momentum of approaching absolution Scotland on Sunday - Zoe Strimpel, Scotland on Sunday

  • An extraordinary first novel - Time Out

  • This assured debut novel teases and delights in equal measure the ambiguity of everything Erskine relates keeps the reader hooked to his revelations up to the last page. - Waterstone s Books Quarterly

  • [Her] gothic sensibility draws us claustrophobically into the characters lives. Lloyd makes an effective nightmare of Reemie s stupendously unhealthy family life and captures well the difficult love between the deaf Gwynne and her damaged sister. - Sam Thompson, Guardian

  • Lloyd is a lapdancer of a writer damn nasty, and all the better for that - The Face

  • This story of unrequited love and artistic failure evolves into a stylish, yet believable tale of gothic horror. The skill of Lloyd s writing makes it a real page-turner, a truly promising debut. - Daily Mail

  • Lloyd has created a compellingly enigmatic monster, one fit to sit alongside other great literary ghouls like John Fowles Frederick in The Collector and William Trevor s Mr Hilditch in Felicia s Journey the slow and teasing way in which Erskine s revelations unfurl is expertly handled by Lloyd, making the tale utterly compelling. This is a spellbinding book which will work its (black) magic on you and keep you up long past your bedtime. - Big Issue in the North

  • Utterly compelling. This is a spellbinding book which will work its (black) magic on you and keep you up long past your bedtime. - Big Issue in the North

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Kym Lloyd

Kym Lloyd was born and grew up in Swansea. As a schoolchild she won a WHSmith Young Writers Prize and, after gaining a degree in French and working for a publisher in Oxford, chose to concentrate on her writing. While supporting herself in a variety of jobs from cleaning to van driving, she succeeded in getting short stories and poems published in several magazines. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and twin daughters.