Benedick Hunter is a man who has lost everything. A failed actor and divorced father on the verge of a nervous breakdown, his life takes on a new direction when he finds a book of his mother's in which real people and their stories are strangely intertwined with traditional fairy-tales.
A major new work by the bestselling author of A Vicious Circle, on a larger scale and more serious than her previous fiction, but with her characteristic satirical edge and page-turningly suspenseful plotting. Benedick Hunter is a man who has lost everything. A failed actor and divorced father on the verge of a nervous breakdown, his life takes on a new direction when he finds a book of his mother's in which real people and their stories are strangely intertwined with traditional fairy-tales. In 1965, Laura, an American illustrator of children's books, committed suicide in Primrose Hill after Benedick's father left her for another woman. Her son can remember nothing about her, but the fairy-tales and their tantalising illustrations convince him that his own life is in some way echoing and repeating hers. Hunter embarks on a bizarre and darkly comic quest to discover who his mother really was and why she died. Haunted by guilt, by the consequences of his own erratic behaviour, and by his impossible children, Hunter struggles with the terrible and the absurd. Hunter's obsession takes him back into the London of the early 1960s, and across the Atlantic to New York and the magical yet sinister landscape of North Carolina. What was the connection between Laura's creativity and her death? Why do some people portray her as evil and others as good? Hunter's journey takes him to the heart of his own nature, of modern fatherhood, of manic depression and of the elusive nature of fairy tales.
'An intelligent and gripping novel. Wonderful, page-turning storytelling.'The Times 'Exhibits the same incisiveness and intelligence as her acclaimed A Vicious Circle. Witty and disturbing, it is a novel of both accomplishment and charm.' Daily Mail 'A book within a book, a rich plot with plenty of on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, an abundance of quirky but believable characters ... IN A DARK WOOD is an elegant anti-fairy tale for adults that keeps you guessing until the last few pages.'Daily Express 'An eerie novel full of fairy-tale menace ... beguilingly told and hypnotic.' Independent on Sunday 'A tour de force.' Spectator 'Vivid and enchanting, In A Dark Wood is an affirmation of storytelling.' New Statesman 'Terrifyingly intense ... Craig's triumph is to underscore the way in which society treats emotions as a disability.'Financial Times 'Predominantly comic and reassuring ... a triumph for sanity.' Time Literary Supplement
About Amanda Craig
Amanda Craig's most recent novel is A Vicious Circle. She is also a well-known journalist and reviewer.
In a Dark Wood by Amanda Craig
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