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The World Before Us
Author: Aislinn Hunter

ISBN: 9780241146880
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 27 May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.4 x 3.3
We know there are Wheres and Whens but we have lost much of the distinction. We do not always know 'after' from 'before', or either of those from 'now'. We do not know our own names, or the cities or towns we came from, the cottages or houses we called home. For us there is waiting and there is sleeping and there is the dull sense that we are doing both - sleepwalking down a long hall, waking in unexpected rooms.

This is why we need Jane.

Jane was fifteen when her life changed for ever. In the grounds of a country house in Yorkshire, she took her eyes off the little girl she was minding and the girl slipped into the woods and was gone - never to be seen again.

Now Jane is an archivist at a small London museum which is shortly to close due to lack of funding. As a final research project - inspired in part by her past - Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman identified only as N-, who walked out of a Yorkshire asylum in 1877 and disappeared in the same woods where the little girl was lost.

As the novel moves between the museum in London, t...

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