ISBN 9780241146880,The World Before Us

The World Before Us


Penguin India



Penguin India

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780241146880

ISBN-10 0241146887

Hard Back

Number of Pages 432 Pages
Language (English)


A haunting novel about trauma, loss, history and memory - set in a Victorian asylum and a quirky London museum.
Set in the present day and interlaced with a Victorian story pieced together from historical documents and objects
Partly inspired by a real letter written by Alfred Tennyson to the Governor of a Lunatic Asylum, which the author discovered in a book of correspondence in a charity shop.
Jane was fifteen when her life changed for ever. In the woods surrounding a Yorkshire country house, she took her eyes off the little girl she was minding and the girl slipped into the trees - never to be seen again.
Now an adult, Jane is obsessed with another disappearance: that of a young woman who walked out of a Victorian lunatic asylum one day in 1877. As she pieces together moments in history, Jane uncovers a tangled story that has been buried for more than a century, and finally confronts her own past . .

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