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The First Time Lauren Pailing Died

Alyson Rudd



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22 July 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Lauren Pailing is born in the sixties, and a child of the seventies. She is thirteen years old the first time she dies.

Lauren Pailing is a teenager in the eighties, becomes a Londoner in the nineties. And each time she dies, new lives begin for the people who loved her – while Lauren enters a brand new life, too.

But in each of Lauren’s lives, a man called Peter Stanning disappears. And, in each of her lives, Lauren sets out to find him.

And so it is that every ending is also a beginning. And so it is that, with each new beginning, Peter Stanning inches closer to finally being found…

Perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell, The First Time Lauren Pailing Died is a book about loss, grief – and how, despite it not always feeling that way, every ending marks the start of something new.

By:   Alyson Rudd
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780008278281
ISBN 10:   0008278288
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   22 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alyson Rudd was born in Liverpool, raised in West Lancashire and educated at the London School of Economics. She is a sports journalist at The Times and lives in South West London. She has written two works of non-fiction. The First Time Lauren Pailing Died is her first novel.

Reviews for The First Time Lauren Pailing Died

`A stylish time-slip story a la Sliding Doors' Guardian (hottest-tipped debuts of 2019) `A page turner of a debut' Grazia `Alyson Rudd explores love and loss with nuance' i newspaper `Stylish, alluring, utterly gripping. An intricate, elegantly written time-slip tale that keeps you guessing until the last page.' Lisa O'Kelly, Observer `Stunning, moving and very clever' Mark Lawson `Beautiful, extremely moving and expertly done, with a lightness of touch that belies the complexity behind the plotting. I loved it (and I cried several times!)' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange `A wonderful novel. The story weaves in and out of the timelines effortlessly...brilliantly paced' Katie S (Netgalley) `A very clever book and one which I enjoyed very much' Debra F (Netgalley) `Where the novel really succeeds is in the delineation of love and loss, of growing and diminishing, of grief and mourning. The way in which [Alyson Rudd] conveys difficult emotions through dialogue is the real highlight of this story' Sarah D (Netgalley) `From the opening pages, the tale shimmers with grief, loss and enough period detail to lend authenticity to what is, after all, a slightly incredible (in the truest sense) story. Claims of echoes of Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell are entirely justified. Tender, evocative, affecting and utterly gorgeous' Ophelia S (Netgalley) `Thought-provoking and beautifully written. I loved it' Sheri K (Netgalley) `Unforgettable' Alexander H (Netgalley) `5* - irresistible' Lucy G (Netgalley)

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