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The House At the Edge of the World

(2015)
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Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2016

Part mystery, part psychological drama, Julia Rochester's The House at the Edge of the World is a darkly comic, unorthodox and thrilling debut

When I was eighteen, my father fell off a cliff. It was a stupid way to die.

John Venton's drunken fall from a Devon cliff leaves his family with an embarrassing ghost. His twin children, Morwenna and Corwin, flee in separate directions to take up their adult lives. Their mother, enraged by years of unhappy marriage, embraces merry widowhood. Only their grandfather finds solace in the crumbling family house, endlessly painting their story onto a large canvas map.

His brightly coloured map, with its tiny pictures of shipwrecks, forgotten houses, saints and devils, is a work of his imagination, a collection of local myths and histo-ries. But it holds a secret. As the twins are drawn grudgingly back to the house, they discover that their father's absence is part of the map's mysterious pull.

The House at the Edge of the World is the compellingly told story of how family and home can be both a source of comfort and a wholly destructive force. Cutting to the undignified half-truths every family conceals, it asks the questions we all must confront: who are we responsible for and, ultimately, who do we belong to?
'A story that carries you along - clever plotting and a startling outcome. An impressive first novel' Penelope Lively

'Wonderfully crisp and funny and it's so full of vivid, surprising images that the reader almost doesn't notice the moment that deep secrets begin to be revealed' Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing

Julia Rochester grew up on the Exe Estuary in Devon. She studied in London, Berlin and Cambridge and has worked for the BBC Portuguese Service and for Amnesty International as Researcher on Brazil. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

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June 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Julia Rochester
ISBN: 0-241-18198-4 / 978-0-241-18198-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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April 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Julia Rochester
ISBN: 0-241-97169-1 / 978-0-241-97169-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Julia Rochester
ISBN: 0-241-18199-2 / 978-0-241-18199-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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June 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Julia Rochester
ISBN: 1-5100-0734-2 / 978-1-5100-0734-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
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June 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
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June 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Julia Rochester
Publisher: Penguin
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