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The Shape of Her

Rowan Somerville

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Two young lovers arrive for an idyllic holiday in Greece but find that they can't escape their past - a brilliant new novel from the author of the acclaimed THE END OF SLEEP.

Max and Tine arrive on the Greek island of her childhood holidays. Both are in their mid twenties and this is their first serious relationship. Max is relatively inexperienced with women and his previous encounters have been predominantly sexual. With Tine he feels an emotional bond and he wants to get to know her better, both sexually and emotionally.

It ought to be perfect - a secluded house on a stunning cove; rich local food and wine; swimming, sunbathing. And yet the minute they arrive Tine seems tense. As the days progress, she seems increasingly distant and is obsessed that the house is being watched.

The present day is interspersed with scenes from Max's childhood. A talented child from a relatively poor family, he received a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school but nothing has prepared the young boy for the loneliness and vulnerability of living away from his family.

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Rowan Somerville

Rowan Somerville was born in the West End of London in 1966. He was educated by Jesuits and took an honours degree in Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in film, televison and radio and he now lives in Donegal, Ireland.

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