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The Necessary Marriage

(2018)
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The new novel from the author of An Unremarkable Body, shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award 2018.

'Elegant, subtle and tender, with a sharp sting in the tale' Sunday Mirror
'A captivating novel which gets to the core of lust, love and commitment' Irish Times
'Gripping and atmospheric, this book will knock you sideways' Fiona Mitchell, author of The Maid's Room

Sixteen-year-old Jane has a crush on her history teacher. He's everything she has ever wanted - handsome, bookish, kind - and before long they break the rules and fall in love. It is only once married and tied down with two children in 1980s suburbia that Jane realises what she might have given up.

When Marion and Andrew, a couple whose passion tips into violence, move in next door, Jane is forced to confront feelings she didn't know she could have. As desire and loyalty are blurred, it becomes clear nobody can escape the devastating impact of a family falling apart.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I adored this beautifully told, immersive portrait of two marriages and the flaws and desires within . . . so gripping and original." - Clare Empson

"Tragic and affecting, this novel absorbed me from the first page - and what an ending, wow!" - Melanie Golding

"I adored this tale of two very different marriages. Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and so tense, I was gripped from page one." - Francesca Jakobi

"An intimate portrait of two couples that lays bare the truth of their marriages and the danger of relationships that stretch across neighbouring walls. Beautifully written, poignant and thrilling." - Chloë Mayer

"Gripping and atmospheric, this book will knock you sideways." - Fiona Mitchell

"I hugely enjoyed this novel - a subtle and unexpected take on marriage and the paths we weave through life. A lovely evocation of time and place and a perfectly judged ending." - Joanne Sefton


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August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
ISBN: 1-4746-0637-7 / 978-1-4746-0637-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
ISBN: 1-4746-0639-3 / 978-1-4746-0639-4 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
ISBN: 1-4746-0638-5 / 978-1-4746-0638-7 (UK edition)
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September 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
ISBN: 1-78706-965-6 / 978-1-78706-965-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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September 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
ISBN: 1-78771-031-9 / 978-1-78771-031-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


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August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Necessary Marriage
Author(s): Elisa Lodato
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU