Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Kate Flynn has always been a clever girl, brought up to believe in herself as something special. Now Kate is forty-three and has given up her university career in London to come home and look after her mother at Firenze, their big house by a lake in Cardiff. When Kate meets David Roberts, a friend from the old days, she begins to obsess about him: she knows it's because she's bored and hasn't got anything else to do, but she can't stop.
Adapting to a new way of life, the connections Kate forges in her new home are to have painful consequences, as the past begins to cast its long shadow over the present...
Few writers give me such consistent pleasure
She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today
A luxuriant writer... the richness of her descriptions need only be matched by the imagination of the reader
Closely observed, beautifully written, generous, funny and true, Hadley's fiction is the real thing
A sharp and a sexy read
From novels about parenting to making love last, here are some great books to read in your forties.
Tessa Hadley writes about relationships between lovers, friends, parents and children, with the sharpest of eyes so that you see things you'd never noticed before not just in writing, but in your own life too. Here, the VINTAGE team pick their favourite of her novels and short stories.