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Portrait photograph of author Louise Doughty

Whatever You Love
by Louise Doughty

The Author

Louise Doughty is a novelist, playwright and literary critic whose profile has risen tremendously over the last few years. Her 'Novel in a Year' column in the Telegraph was hugely successful and she broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 4, as well as teaching for the Faber Academy.

She is the author of five novels Crazy Paving, Dance with Me, Honey-dew, Fires in the Dark and Stone Cradle, and one work of non-fiction A Novel in a Year. Louise has also written five plays for radio and was a judge for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for fiction. She lives in London.

Whatever You Love is a brilliant heart-wrenching and emotionally-charged novel of revenge, compulsion and desire.

Praise for Louise Doughty

'Doughty has a subtle, unshowy talent that packs an emotional punch, and creates characters and relationships that ring true ... moves and impresses in equal measure.'

The Plot

When two police officers knock on Laura's door, her life changes forever. Her nine-year old daughter Betty has been hit by a car and killed, and Laura is left both devastated and desperate for revenge against the man responsible for Betty's death.

Laura's grief re-opens old wounds and she is thrown back to the story of her passionate love affair with Betty's father David, their marriage and his subsequent affair with another woman.

Haunted by her past, and driven to breaking point by her desire for retribution, Laura discovers the lengths she is willing to go to for love.

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How to Paint a Dead Man
by Sarah Hall

The Author

Sarah Hall is an unashamedly literary novelist and her range and sensitivity increase with every novel. Sarah's first novel, Haweswater, was published by Faber in 2002 and her second, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. In 2007 Sarah won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. How to Paint a Dead Man, a rich, layered contemporary novel of art, absence, loss and passion was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Sarah was born in Cumbria in 1974 and now lives and works there.

Praise for How to Paint a Dead Man

'This deeply sensual novel is what you rarely find - an intelligent page-turner which, perversely, you also want to read slowly to savour Hall's luscious way of looking at the world.'
Sunday Telegraph

The Plot

Italy in the early 1960s: a dying painter considers the sacrifices and losses that have made him an enigma, both to strangers and those closest to him. He begins his last painting, using the same objects he has painted obsessively for his entire career - a small group of bottles.

In Cumbria 30 years later, a landscape artist - and admirer of the Italian recluse - finds himself trapped in the extreme terrain that has made him famous.

And in present-day London, his daughter, an art curator struggling with the sudden loss of her twin brother while trying to curate an exhibition about the lives of the twentieth-century European masters, is drawn into a world of darkness and sexual abandon.

Covering half a century, this is a luminous and searching novel, and Hall's most accomplished work to date.

Author photo © Sandi Friend

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