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Author: Patrick McGrath

ISBN: 9780241973677
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 1.7
'This is a desolate sort of place, though god knows it's had the best years of my life. It is maximum security, a walled city that rises from a high ridge to dominate the surrounding country . . . '

Summer, 1959, and Max Raphael is appointed deputy superintendent of an isolated hospital for the criminally insane. When Max decides to have his lodging's Victorian conservatory restored it is a patient, Edgar Stark, who comes to do the work.

And there Max's beautiful and lonely wife Stella first befriends Edgar and later becomes his lover. But as their secret affair becomes ever more obsessive so their love threatens to destroy everything it touches . . .

About the Author

Patrick McGrath is the author of two story collections and eight novels, including Asylum, which was an international bestseller. His novels have been widely translated, and he is also the author of Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now, a collection of novellas. Trauma was shortlisted in the UK for the Costa Novel Award. Spider was filmed by David Cronenberg from McGrath's adaptation. Constance...

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