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Bad Relations

(2022)
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A TALE OF A TRAGEDY SEEPING THROUGH GENERATIONS, AND A FAMILY FRACTURED BY HISTORY AND DESIRE

'
Bad Relations is an amazing achievement and one of the most satisfying books you're likely to read this year' The Times

'Haunting and beautiful... In recent British fiction I can think
only of Tessa Hadley who rivals Connolly in exacting such intricate, compelling drama from close-knit families... I don't often wish a book were longer, but this one I did' Observer

On the battlefields of the Crimea, William Gale cradles the still-warm body of his brother. William's experience of war will bring about a change in him that will reverberate through his family over the next two centuries.
In the 1970s, William's descendants invite Stephen, a distant relation, to stay in their house in the English countryside - but their golden summer entanglements will end in a shocking fall from grace.

Half a century later, a confrontation between the surviving members of the family will culminate in a terrible reckoning.

'The characters in Bad Relations are so brilliantly real, so wonderfully compelling at their best, and at their worst, that I can't get them out of my head. A wonderful novel' Nina Stibbe

'This is an Atonement-like novel about the messy stuff that is family life' Spectator

'A compelling family saga'
Sunday Times




Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A writer who seems able to peer directly into the human heart." - John Preston

"The characters in Bad Relations are so brilliantly real, so wonderfully compelling at their best, and at their worst, that I can't get them out of my head. A wonderful novel." - Nina Stibbe


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