Author(s): Jane Harris
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Scotland, 1863. In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past in Glasgow, Bessy Buckley - the wide-eyed Irish heroine of 'The Observations' - takes a job as a maid in a big house outside Edinburgh working for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests and her insistence that Bessy keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts. And it seems that Arabella has a few secrets of her own - including her near-obsessive affection for Nora, a former maid who died in mysterious circumstances.
As part of Faber's Secrets and Lies series comes a beguiling novel of deception and deviousness.
Harris is an award-winning writer, which is obvious from the first few pages.When Bessy is hired as a maid in 1863, her job moves beyond the norm at the request of her missus Arabella. Fascinating characters and an excellent depiction of the 19th century, put this novel head-and-shoulders above others in the genre.
Elisa, Book Grocer
Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her debut novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and she was also shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year and the South Bank Show Times Breakthrough Award. She lives in London with her husband Tom.