Putney by Sofka Zinovieff

Putney

‘The best novel of 2018, by far’ (Cressida Connolly, Spectator)

‘Lolita for the age of #MeToo’ Observer

‘An important addition to an urgent, current conversation’ Financial Times

Bloomsbury is offering reading groups the opportunity to read and review this bold, thought-provoking novel that will compel and disquiet in equal measure, about the moral lines we tread, the stories we tell ourselves and the secrets we bury.

One lucky group will also win a visit from the author and a hamper of goodies to share at their meeting.

More about the book

1970s London. Ralph, an up-and-coming composer, has gone to visit Edmund Greenslay in his riverside home. At the heart of the house’s wild bliss he finds Edmund’s nine­ year­old daughter Daphne, flitting, sprite­like, through the house’s colourful rooms and unruly garden. From the moment their lives collide Ralph is consumed by an obsession to make Daphne his.

Decades later, Daphne watches her own daughter come of age and is confronted with the truth of her own childhood - and a devastating act of violence that has lain hidden for decades.

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