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Title:
The Ophelia Girls (MP3)
Written by:
Jane Healey 
Read by:
Alix Dunmore 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
10 hours 33 minutes 
MP3 size:
460 MB 
Published:
October 01 2021 
Available Date:
October 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867572893 
Genres:
Fiction; Gay, Lesbian & LGBT Fiction; Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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Award winning author

A mother's secret past collides with her daughter's present in this intoxicating story from Jane Healey, the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor.

In the summer of 1973, teenage Ruth and her four friends are obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings and a little bit obsessed with each other. They spend the scorching summer days in the river by Ruth's grand family home, pretending to be the drowning Ophelia and recreating tableaus of other tragic mythical heroines. But by the end of the summer, real tragedy has found them. Twenty-four years later, Ruth is a wife and mother of three children and moves her family into her still-grand, but now somewhat dilapidated, childhood home following the death of her father. Her 17-year-old daughter, Maeve, is officially in remission and having been discharged from hospital can finally start acting like a 'normal' teenager with the whole summer ahead of her. It's just the five of them until Stuart, a handsome photographer and old friend of her parents, comes to stay. As the heat of the summer burns, how long can the family go before long-held secrets threaten to burst their banks and drown them all?

'This is a potent, mesmerising portrait of girlhood desire, betrayal, beauty and death, sensuously written and passionately told.'
Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

'It's an immersive and intoxicating summer read with the long-lasting feel of a classic. I was captivated by it.'
Molly Aitken, author of The Island Child

'The Ophelia Girls seduces as much as it disturbs.'
Ellie Eaton, author of The Divines