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JOANNE HARRIS - A NARROW DOOR

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK - Rebecca Buckfast has had to do quite a lot to get to where she is now - the new Head of an old English public school which, for the first time in its long history, is admitting girls. She relates her past to Mr Straitley, the Classics Master; and he in turn writes in his diary what is happening over the course of the month she is paying him such attention.

His favourite students have come to him, having discovered a body with the prefect's badge of a rival school. Rebecca's brother, who attended that school, mysteriously disappeared more than thirty-five years prior, so it's natural that Mr Straitley thinks the body might be Conrad's... but as the reader learns, when Ms Buckfast has had to do much to get to where she is, it involves a murder or two.

A wonderfully compulsive read with a driven and fiercely independent narrator who is occasionally unreliable despite her protestations to truth-telling, for whom you might have some sympathy - afterall, she just wants girls to have the same chances to determine their destinies as boys have long been entitled to - even if her methods aren't quite conventional. There's also a rather satisfying touch at the end... Lindy Jones

'Another satisfying book from this brilliant author'

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I adore Barry's writing, he has such a way with words that often I stop and re-read sentences for the sheer beauty and perfection of them! This new novel follows the story of Winona, the Lakota girl who was adopted by Thomas McNulty and John Cole, protagonists of Barry's last book Days Without End. She is much-loved and treated with great respect by her ragtag adoptive family, and as an educated girl works for the local lawyer.

But a pretty girl in a rough town isn't always treated so kindly (and certainly not an Indian one) and though a young man persuades her of his affections, there is not always enough protection against the prejudices of society. A traumatic incident leaves her struggling to understand what happened, but in that conflict she learns who she truly is… Powerful, involving and lyrical prose, another satisfying book from this brilliant author. Lindy

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