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  • Published: 15 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784700799
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Outcast




The bestselling novel behind the major new BBC drama starring George Mackay (Pride), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Greg Wise (Cranford) and Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility)

The bestselling novel behind the major new BBC drama starring George Mackay (Pride), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Greg Wise (Cranford) and Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility)

Surrey, 1957. Lewis is nineteen, straight out of jail, and stands alone at a railway station.

He’s returned to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence with a father he barely knew.

Now, the only person who understands him is Kit Carmichael, daughter of a bullying local businessman. Through the pain and isolation of their shared childhood comes love and loyalty – and soon they realise that to forge their own futures, they must first confront the darkest secrets of their past.

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

'Devastatingly good'
Daily Mail

'A gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this'
Harper's Bazaar

'A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale'
Independent on Sunday

'Compelling and emotionally absorbing, Sadie Jones's use of language is elegant and her characters heartbreaking'
Jojo Moyes

'Reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful novel'
Financial Times

'Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original'
Guardian

'The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin'
Glamour

'Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book'
Daily Express

  • Pub date: 15 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784700799
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Outcast (‘Devastatingly good’, Daily Mail) won the Costa First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It was also a Richard and Judy Summer Reads number one bestseller and adapted for BBC Television. Her second novel, Small Wars (‘Outstanding’, The Times; ‘One of the best books about the English at war ever’, Joel Morris), was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2012, was The Uninvited Guests (‘A shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel’, Ann Patchett) followed by Fallout in 2014 (‘Intoxicating and immersive’, The Sunday Times).

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Praise for The Outcast

“An elegant, subtle, haunting novel that stayed with me long after I finished it. Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her”

Tracy Chevalier

“Devastatingly good”

Daily Mail

“The prose is elegant and spare, but the story it reveals is raw and explosive... Devastatingly good'”

Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

“A gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this”

Harper's Bazaar

“Jones's story is imbued with brooding atmosphere and drama. Understated and elegantly narrated with attention to period detail, this is a gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this”

Harper's Bazaar

“A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale”

Independent on Sunday

“Eminently readable first novel....reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful, promising first novel”

Financial Times

“Compelling and emotionally absorbing, Sadie Jones's use of language is elegant and her characters heartbreaking”

Jojo Moyes

“She writes with simmering intensity... particularly strong on atmosphere... Jones uses small, startling phrases to convey depths of passion and information and she can make seemingly innocuous passages radiate beauty”

Sunday Telegraph

“Reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful novel”

Financial Times

“A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale... The claustrophobic, menacing atmosphere of Sadie Jones's page-turning debut never lets up, and that's admirable enough, but it's more than narrative tension that makes the novel special. Her writing is deeply affecting... the quality of the writing and the desire to see justice done keep one reading avidly”

Independent on Sunday

“Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original”

Guardian

“Controlled, insightful first novel... Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original”

Guardian

“The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin”

Glamour

“This hotly-tipped debut certainly delivers. The prose is clean and clear; so disciplined and spare”

Independent

“Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book”

Daily Express

“Sadie Jones proves she's no novice when it comes to poignant prose with this, her debut novel... The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin”

Glamour

“This elegantly written debut novel brings to life both her alienated and damaged protagonist and the small minded community that condemns him”

Sunday Times

“The writing is impressive from the start, both succinct and fluent”

TLS

“Sadie Jones' take on an introverted and self-destructive teen is fresh and believable... An assured and engaging debut ****”

Metro

“My Life in Books: 'It's an incredible, dark, emotional story.”

Fay Ripley, Easy Living

“Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book”

Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express


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