The Outcast

The Outcast

Summary

‘If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this’ Harper's Bazaar

The bestselling novel from the author of The Snakes, The Outcast is a powerful portrait of unexpected love and treacherous charades against the backdrop of a sleepy post-war English village


August 1957. Lewis Aldridge, straight out of jail, stands alone at a Surrey railway station.

He’s returned to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence without a mother and with a father he barely knew.

Now, the only person who understands him is Kit, daughter of a bullying local businessman. Soon they realise that to forge their own futures, they must first confront the darkest secrets of their past.

As family, love, passion, sex and violence become ever more so intertwined, can Kit and Lewis find their way back to each other amidst the chaos?

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‘A tragic account of the devastating effects of parental abuse and the redemptive power of true love’ Guardian

'In the tradition of
Remains of the Day...a passionate and deeply suspenseful novel’ Margot Livesey

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WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION

Reviews

  • An elegant, subtle, haunting novel that stayed with me long after I finished it. Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her
    Tracy Chevalier

About the author

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Outcast, won the Costa First Novel Award in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It was also a Richard and Judy Summer Reads number one bestseller and adapted for BBC Television. Her second novel, Small Wars, was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2012, was The Uninvited Guests, followed by Fallout in 2014 andThe Snakes in 2019, all published to critical acclaim.
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