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My Absolute Darling - Gabriel Tallent

My Absolute Darling - Gabriel Tallent

This is book № 152 of an exclusive edition of 750 copies

Title: My Absolute Darling

Author:  Gabriel Tallent

ISBN:  9780008185213

Weight:  933g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

‘You think you’re invincible.  You think you won’t ever miss.  We need to put the fear on you.  You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out…

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn’t enough.

Peer & Press Reviews

A gut wrenching, terrifying novel written so beautifully it sings off the page.  Unlike anything I’ve read before.  An astonishing debut.

Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

Turtle… is a heroine who’ll hover in your mind long after the final chapter, and Tallent has produced an intense, gloriously written account of her thrilling bid for freedom.

Mail on Sunday

The writing is beautiful and vivid, while the story is brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising.  Like a witness to a terrible car crash, I couldn’t draw my eyes away.

Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

Bibliographic Info

TitleMy Absolute Darling
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of 750 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book’s number is handwritten on the tipped-in title page, which also confirms the month and year of publication.

Book number152 of 750
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

British Book Awards 2018 – shortlist (debut book)

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 – shortlist

Book Stats
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
Imprint4th Estate
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780008185213
ISBN 100008185212
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographAlex Adams Photography
Book designMeighan Cavanaugh
Jacket designJo Walker
Jacket photographsSharon Pruitt / EyeEm

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