For fans of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, Landfall is a clear-eyed, witty and warm debut novel by former Granta editor Helen Gordon, that marks the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Alice Robinson, art critic for a magazine so fashionable it's just gone out of business, finds herself agreeing to housesit for her parents. Moving back home to a suburbia she thought long behind her, she finds herself reconnecting with a different landscape, a fraught and painful past.

For everywhere Alice turns she finds traces of her sister, who went missing as a teenager. Can she stop her old life intruding on the present? Should she even try? What does Alice's new future look like?

'An intriguing novel . . . a hipster version of Margaret Atwood's Surfacing' Metro

'A memorable novel. I loved the pace and verve of Alice's voyage from Shoreditch to suburbia, and the unexpectedness of the story as it swerves past the familiar into a dangerous and beautiful unknown' Helen Dunmore

'Compulsively readable' Independent on Sunday

'Fine writing . . . wrapped in an arresting evocation of timelessness' Guardian

'Brooding and haunting' Tatler

'Uplifting, witty, wonderfully unsettling' Psychologies

'Beautifully descriptive, with a cliff-hanger finale' Easy Living

Helen Gordon was born in 1979 and grew up in Croydon. She currently lives in east London and is a former associate editor of Granta magazine. Landfall is her first novel.


  • Quirky, compelling, unpredictable . . . layers peel away almost imperceptibly and the ending is surreal yet believable
    The Times

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