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This is an auction for SPECIAL by Bella Bathurst.

"For a school trip, Jules and her fellow 13-year-old classmates must spend two weeks in the English countryside, housed in a "leaking Victorian ex-lunatic asylum" and supervised by a team of nearly sadistic teachers. The girls spend their days in forced athletic outings and their evenings in the aggressive pursuit of all things off-limits--boys, sex, booze, cigarettes. In her debut novel, Bathurst, author of the acclaimed biography The Lighthouse Stevensons, elevates what could have been sensationalized material into a rich exploration of the subtle, often terrifying moments that define female adolescence. Bathurst perfectly captures the girls' fragile alliances, jealousies, unspoken rage, complicated self-hatred, cruelties, loneliness, and insecurity as they "brood savagely over hidden meanings." In sharp prose that's softened by lyrical, atmospheric descriptions, she offers a taut, unsettling, and remarkably insightful view of teen girls and their aching desires to be powerful and accepted."
- Booklist (US) review:

"When I first got the book to read, I had no idea how strange it would be. After a few pages, I had fair warning, but I couldn't put it down. Their life at the manor house is depressing, and their attitudes toward each other are competitive and confusing. The descriptions of their lives and of their confrontations are disturbingly realistic. A book both touching and frightening, it gives a new view to the term "teen angst," and a new eye to the outcast girls. The ending is one of complete surprise and horror, so prepare yourself."

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Hardback 2002.

310 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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