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  • Published: 25 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473511156
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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Dear Thief




A novel about female friendship, betrayal and imagination from the prize-winning author of The Wilderness and All is Song



Shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Longlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Prize

Shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Longlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Prize

In the middle of a winter’s night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. In answer to a question you asked a long time ago, she writes, and so begins a letter that calls up a shared past both women have preferred to forget.

Without knowing if her friend, Butterfly, is even alive or dead, she writes night after night – a letter of friendship that turns into something more revealing and recriminating. By turns a belated outlet of rage, an act of self-defence, and an offering of forgiveness, the letter revisits a betrayal that happened a decade and a half before, and dissects what is left of a friendship caught between the forces of hatred and love.

  • Pub date: 25 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473511156
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey is the author of The Wilderness, All Is Song and Dear Thief. She appeared on the longlists for the Bailey’s Prize and the Man Booker, and the shortlists of the James Tait Black Award, the Orange Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. The Wilderness won the Betty Trask Award in 2009. She is a tutor on the MA course in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Praise for Dear Thief

“A glorious, sensuous, grown-up novel, intelligent and passionate.”

Tessa Hadley

“Harvey has struck gold… Perhaps because it is so intimate, so honest, so raw, Dear Thief provokes you to think about life, and Life, and your own life.”

Claire Kilroy, Guardian

“Beautiful... Exhilarating... Remarkable”

James Wood, New Yorker

“Compassionate, matter-of-fact and mysterious about death and its ultimate transforming… Harvey offers an incandescent vision of hope and acceptance.”

Catherine Taylor, Sunday Telegraph

“A quiet, unusual book, full of sad truths. I loved this epistolary novel of friendship, betrayal and forgiveness.”

Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, Guardian

“Harvey’s writing is stunning: an effortless spool that winds back the layers… Brilliant.”

Kate Saunders, The Times

“Singular and haunting.”

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

“A hypnotic read about jealousy, nostalgia and how being wronged by a friend can bruise you as badly as a broken heart.”

Good Housekeeping

“Indubitably intelligent, Harvey’s prose is also quite simply ravishing.”

Telegraph

“Harvey’s writing is clever and thoughtful, filled with striking insights and wisdom.”

Suzi Feay, Tablet

“By far the best thing she’s done.”

Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph

“From its opening sentences, this novel of jealousy and friendship holds you in its grip…. Harvey’s prose manages to be both wistful and unpretentious, capturing perfectly the relationship between two women in all its complexity.”

Bath Chronicle

“Compassionate, matter-of-fact, and mysterious about death and its ultimate transforming.”

Catherine Taylor, five stars, Telegraph

“Harvey handles the most difficult of subjects- ageing and death- with her distinctive brand of mystic pragmatism.”

Emma Hadestadt

“Atmospheric”

Claire Kilroy, Guardian

“Dear Thief is one of those quiet and clever books that is about everything and nothing all at once.”

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