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The Outcast - Sadie Jones

The Outcast - Sadie Jones
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Title: The Outcast

Author:  Sadie Jones

ISBN:  9780701181758

Weight:  849g

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The Outcast by Sadie Jones

1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England.  He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old.  His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community.

A decade earlier, his father’s homecoming casts a different shape.  The war is over and Gilbert has recently been demobbed.  He reverts easily to suburban life – cocktails at six thirty, church on Sundays – but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine.  Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days.  Nobody is surprised that Gilbert’s wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

Not far away, Kit Carmichael keeps watch.  She has always understood more than most, not least from what she has been dealt by her own father’s hand.  Lewis's grief and burgeoning rage are all too plain, and Kit makes a private vow to help.  But in her attempts to set them both free, she fails to predict the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open.

As menacing as it is beautiful, The Outcast is a devastating portrait of small-town hypocrisy from an astonishing new voice.

Peer & Press Reviews

Set in post WWII suburban London, this superb debut novel charts the downward spiral and tortured redemption of a young man shattered by loss.  The war is over, and Lewis Aldridge is getting used to having his father, Gilbert, back in the house.  Things hum along splendidly until Lewis’s mother drowns, casting the 10-year-old into deep isolation…  Jones’s prose is fluid, and Lewis’s suffering comes across as achingly real.

Publishers Weekly

… Jones’ story is imbued with brooding atmosphere and drama.  Understated and elegantly narrated with attention to period detail, this is a gripping love story with a twist.  If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you’ll love this.

Harper’s Bazaar

The prose is elegant and spare, but the story it reveals is raw and explosive…  Devastatingly good.

The Daily Mail

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Outcast
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 14.2.08
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Galaxy British Book Awards 2009 – shortlist (pop. fiction)

Costa Book Awards 2008 – winner (first novel)

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 – longlist

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008 – shortlist

Guardian First Book Award 2008 – shortlist

Book Club listing Richard and Judy Book Club – chosen for the 2008 summer list
Radio adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 17 March 2008.
TV adaptation

In 2015, Sadie Jones adapted her novel into a two-part TV drama for BBC One.  The first 90-minute episode premiered on Sunday July 12 with the final episode airing on the 19th.

Directed by Iain Softley and produced by Blueprint Pictures, the cast includes George Mackay, Greg Wise, Hattie Morahan and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780701181758
ISBN 10 0701181753
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 345
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 162 x 36mm
Design Credits
Author photograph Charles Hopkinson
Jacket photograph Couple, 1951 by Haywood Magee / Hulton / Getty

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