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The Girl on the Landing - Paul Torday

The Girl on the Landing - Paul Torday
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Title: The Girl on the Landing

Author:  Paul Torday

ISBN:  9780297855255

Weight:  639g

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The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday

A ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered, from the bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The novel begins as Michael, a middle-aged man of means, is dressing for dinner at a friend’s country house in Ireland.  As he descends the grand staircase, he spots a small painting of a landing with an old linen press and the white marble statue of an angel.  In the background is a woman clad in a dark green dress.  During dinner, Michael comments on the painting to his hosts but they say there is no woman in the picture.  When Michael goes up to bed later, he sees that they are correct.  This is only the first in a series of incidents that lead Michael to question his grip on reality.

His wife Elilzabeth is unsettled by the changes she sees in a man she originally married because he was dependable and steady, not because she loved him.  Suddenly she is aware that she has never really known Michael and as he changes, she sees glimpses of someone she could fall in love with.  Michael, in the meantime, is disturbed by events at his family's ancestral home in the wilds of Scotland and by a past that he is threatening to destroy everything, and everyone, he has ever loved.

Peer & Press Reviews

It seems Paul Torday can do no wrong.  The Girl on the Landing is his third book and destined to do as well as the other two.

Caroline Jowett, Daily Express

His prose remains anything but safe.  It is supple, skilful and literary… this is a fabulously good yarn.

Kate Kellaway, Observer

The finale is terrifying, harking back to old-fashioned ghost stories, but with a modern, plausible twist – it stood the hairs of my arms on end.

Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

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Title The Girl on the Landing
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780297855255
ISBN 10 0297855255
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 297
Size (h x w x d) 207 x 144 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photograph Jerry Bauer
Jacket illustration Jessie Ford

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