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Shining Agnes

August 29, 2012

Pub: Victor Gollancz

In a once great , now falling, mansion live an aristocratic family: Alice, huge, sad and longing for love; her paralysed mother who is subject to wild and eccentric enthusiasms; and the foster child Agnes, whose desire to be an actress sets in motion a train of bizarre and horrifying events.

Then love comes to Alice in the form of beautiful but furtive Vincent who has moved in next door. But does he want Alice for herself or for the treasures that she digs from the rubble of her tumbled home? And how dies he view Alice’s obsession with compost, the making of which she compares to the grown of spirituality and the purging away of sin? Black comedy lurks beneath the surface of this gloriously imaginative new novel…

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