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The stargazers


It’s the 1970s, and Sarah has spent a lifetime trying to bury her disjointed childhood, the loneliness of her school days, and Fane, the vast and crumbling family home so loved – and hated – by her mother, Iris, a woman as cruel as she is beautiful. Sarah’s solace has been her cello and the music that allowed her to dream, transporting her from the bleakness of those early years to a new life now with Daniel, her husband, in their noisy Hampstead home surrounded by bohemian friends and with a concert career that has brought her fame and restored a sense of self. The past, though, has a habit of creeping into the present, and as long as Sarah tries to escape, it seems the pull of Fane, her mother, and the secrets of the generations hidden there, are slowly being revealed, threatening to unravel the fragile happiness she enjoys in the here and now.

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‘My book of the year’ Dinah Jeffries

A dark, dramatic tale of the infinite possibilities of families – how they can anchor you or unseat you – and why unconditional love holds the key to true freedom

‘An immersive, beautifully written family saga which already feels like a classicRed magazine

Then: Fane Hall
Sarah has spent a lifetime trying to bury memories of her childhood: the constant fear, the horror of her school days, and Fane, the vast, crumbling house that was the sole obsession of her mother, Iris, a woman as beautiful as she was cruel.

1969: Hampstead
Rescuing herself from the shadow of Fane, talented Sarah forges a career as a cellist and marries the love of her life, Daniel. But when they move into a near-derelict house in Hampstead and try to get on with becoming a family, Sarah finds the past will not let her go. What is the hold Fane Hall has over her, and her mother? Can she break free of it and keep the promise she made as a child one magical starry night: to look up at the stars, and not down into the darkness…

‘No one except Harriet Evans writes books like this anymore’ Jane Casey

‘Immersive, engrossing and ultimately beautiful’ Marian Keyes

Readers love The Stargazers:

‘I absolutely loved this book . . . it was both beautiful and melancholy. Harriet never disappoints‘ ? ? ? ? ?

The Stargazers might just be her best yet . . . a beautifully written, atmospheric page-turner full of unforgettable characters, a book that will stay with you. Highly recommended’ ? ? ? ? ?

‘This is a beautiful and absorbing tale – one that I couldn’t put down until the last page‘ ? ? ? ? ?

A stunningly good read from an author who never disappoints . . . A riveting story from beginning to end, thoroughly entertaining and compelling’ ? ? ? ? ?

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Additional information

Weight 0.32 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm






xi, 462




1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K