Beside Myself

Author: Ann Morgan

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  • : $8.00(AUD)
  • : 9781408870310
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • : June 2016
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Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins -- two peas in a pod, everyone says. But the girls know it isn't true: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower. Until they decide to swap places -- just for fun, and just for one day -- and Ellie refuses to switch back.


Morgan's book is an unsettling performance ... It reads like a particularly ingenious misery memoir ... Impressive Sunday Times An unsettling, compelling debut about identity and not-so-happy families Glamour This is not just a blisteringly clever novel about identity; it also focuses on the grim hold mental illness can take on sufferers and the challenges they face in an uncaring society Independent A compulsive, dark and strikingly well-written novel that grips from the first page until long after the last Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall This disturbing novel describes the damage done when selfhood is compromised, exploring genetics, addiction, depression and the effects of family history. An uneasy read ... But it is compelling Mail on Sunday, "Best of New Fiction" Ann Morgan's Beside Myself is a gripping, savage tale about a lost generation, shipwrecked in a brainless celebrity culture or choosing rebellion, drugs and rage. Full of twists and surprises, this thrilling novel will leave you both shaken and stirred Patricia Duncker, author of Sophie and Sybil Elegantly written and there are a couple of nice twists embedded in the narrative ... Morgan's knack is to have us care for both sisters despite their occasionally monstrous behaviour. She makes no excuses for them and sugars no pills - these are three-dimensional characters making the best of a largely awful upbringing **** -- Paul Connolly Metro A dark tale of addiction and mental illness. This sinister thriller is set for big things Stylist Creepy, clever and compulsive, it will stay with you for a long time Heat A dark, taut and utterly compelling read Sun An accomplished read with an excellent plot and a brilliant, multi-layered narrative voice ... Taut and compulsive Herald A very clever and compelling novel about the ways in which we construct our own identity, and the ways in which it is constructed for us. It's also a poignant reminder of the sense of powerlessness we feel as children, and how firmly and definitively our lives are shaped by others whilst we're still young. I raced through it, but it lingered in my mind after I'd finished it. This is such a powerful and satisfying novel -- Rebecca Wait, Author of The Followers Psychological chiller about twin girls (always scary - remember The Shining?) who swap places for the day. Identity is more fluid than we thought Grazia Identical twins Helen and Ellie decide to trade places for a day to confuse their parents, but things get out of hand when one sister refuses to switch back Love It! This psychological thriller about mental illness and identity has twists at every turn Sun, 'Fabulist' Beside Myself is a dark and urban fairytale in which the stuff of nightmares is made literal when twin sisters decide to play an innocuous-seeming game. A most modern and metropolitan fairytale ... Fabulous Lucy Caldwell, author of All the Beggars Rising An exquisitely written and chillingly suspenseful debut. This story unnerved me in all the right ways with its constant surprises and unexpected twists. Ann Morgan has made her mark with this powerful novel, and I look forward to whatever she writes next David Bell A compelling read Scotsman It's not often we find a new book the whole office agrees on, but Ann Morgan has written that very thing ... As gripping and powerful as Room Reader's Digest This is an accomplished read with an excellent plot and a brilliant, multi-layered narrative voice ... There is no doubt this is a taut and compulsive read Woman's Way