Author(s): Helen Gordon

Adult Fiction

Alice Robinson is having doubts about her job on a fashionable London art magazine. Agreeing to house sit for her parents, she moves back to the suburban streets of her childhood, a world of Girl Guides, Tudorbethan houses and blossom trees, and finds herself confronting some truths about the way she's chosen to live her life. How can we connect? And what are the maps and manuals that show us how to live today? Exploring the landscape of the South East and the nature of life on an island, this clear-eyed, mordantly witty, warm and unsparing novel culminates in one of the most surprising and destabilizing endings you'll have read in some time. "Landfall" marks the arrival of a new, intriguing voice and a major literary talent.


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A memorable novel. I loved the pace and verve of Alice's voyage from Shoreditch to suburbia, and the unexpectedness of the story as it swerves past the familiar into a dangerous and beautiful unknown - Helen Dunmore Beautifully descriptive, with a cliff-hanger finale Easy Living For the most part it's an uplifting, witty tale, but the ending is wonderfully unsettling, forcing us to consider whether the guidelines we follow really will lead to a more satisfying life Psychologies An intriguing debut ... Landfall takes a gratifying left field swerve - Metro

Helen Gordon was born in 1979 and grew up in Croydon. She currently lives in east London and is a former associate editor of Granta magazine. Landfall is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781905490820
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Fig Tree
  • : 0.271
  • : September 2011
  • : 214mm X 153mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helen Gordon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.92
  • : 224