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The Words in My Hand

(2016)
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Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
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Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award
The Times Book of the Month

The Words in My Hand is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch maid in 17th century Amsterdam working for an English bookseller. One day a mysterious and reclusive lodger arrives - the Monsieur - who turns out to be Rene Descartes.

At first encounter the maid and the philosopher seem to have little in common, yet Helena yearns for knowledge and literacy - wanting to write so badly that she uses beetroot for ink and her body as paper.

And the philosopher, for all his learning, finds that it is Helena who reveals the surprise in the everyday world that surrounds him, as gradually their relationship deepens in a surprising story of love and learning.

'Excellent... an entirely unsentimental love story with a memorable and engaging heroine. Clever and touching' The Times
'An accomplished first novel... Glasfurd brilliantly dissects the complex frustrations of a woman in love with a man consumed by intellectual obsessions. There is much to move us here' Guardian

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Title: The Words In My Hand: a novel of 17th century Amsterdam and a woman hidden from history
Author(s): Guinevere Glasfurd
ISBN: 1-4736-1785-5 / 978-1-4736-1785-8 (UK edition)
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Title: The Words In My Hand: a novel of 17th century Amsterdam and a woman hidden from history
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ISBN: 1-4736-1787-1 / 978-1-4736-1787-2 (UK edition)
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Title: The Words In My Hand: a novel of 17th century Amsterdam and a woman hidden from history
Author(s): Guinevere Glasfurd
ISBN: 1-4736-1786-3 / 978-1-4736-1786-5 (UK edition)
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January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Words in My Hand: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016
Author(s): Guinevere Glasfurd
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January 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Words in My Hand: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016
Author(s): Guinevere Glasfurd
Publisher: Two Roads
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Title: The Words In My Hand: a novel of 17th century Amsterdam and a woman hidden from history
Author(s): Guinevere Glasfurd
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU