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Carolyn Kirby

Carolyn Kirby studied history at Oxford University and novel writing at Faber Academy. Her novel Half of You, a thriller set in 1880’s Birmingham, follows its troubled protagonist’s search for the roots of her scarred personality amidst the origins psychiatry and new ideas about ‘Nature versus Nurture.’ As the dark secrets of her past unravel, Cora must decide if her own nature is an unalterable product of biology and upbringing or if she has the strength to change.


Genres: Historical
Carolyn Kirby recommends
Mother Loves Me (2020)
Abby Davies
"With echoes of Emma Donoghue's Room, this twisty, creepy thriller cries out to be read in one nail-biting session."
The Return (2021)
Anita Frank
"Anita Frank follows up her celebrated debut with an engrossing story of loss, betrayal and love on the farming home front during World War Two … This is addictive storytelling that immerses the reader in the struggles of women in wartime and the traumas of the men who returned to them. Anita Frank’s clear, sensitive writing moves us expertly through the farming year. Long-lost routines of rural labour are deftly described by a writer with a lyrical feel for the English countryside as well as an empathetic eye for family drama. The Return is a fantastic follow-up to The Lost Ones and I can’t wait to read whatever Anita Frank delivers next!"

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