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My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell

My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell

Title: My Dark Vanessa

Author:  Kate Elizabeth Russell

ISBN:  9780008342241

Weight:  990g

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

An era-defining novel about the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her teacher


Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.

Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse.  It was love.  She’s sure of that.

Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape.  Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues of our age.

Peer & Press Reviews

Once in a while, a book comes along that consumes your waking hours, unmoors you from your lived reality, grips the very core of you and doesn’t let go.  My Dark Vanessa is that book.


A brilliant and stunning debut… utterly truth-rattling, humane in its clarity and chilling in its resonance.  An absolute must-read.

Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

Superb… a book that asks what we have lost and gained in an era that has revolutionised the way we think about sex and power.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title My Dark Vanessa
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Collectors’ note Our books have a first state jacket.  The difference between this and later jackets is the quote from Louise O’Neill on the front is set over five lines, not four.  It also doesn’t end with the year, i.e. ‘… talking about’, not ‘… talking about in 2020’.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint 4th Estate
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780008342241
ISBN 10 0008342245
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 369
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Elena Seibert

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