Exploring the theme of redemption through love and art, this novel traces the boundaries of life and death and the difficult possibilities of repentance. From the author of "Miss Garnet's Angel", it features Dr David McBride, a psychiatrist for whom death exerts an unusual draw, and is set partly in Rome.
This is a brilliant new novel from the bestselling author of "Mr Golightly's Holiday", and "Miss Garnet's Angel". 'There is no cure for being alive.' Thus speaks Dr David McBride, a psychiatrist for whom death exerts an unusual draw. As a young child, he witnessed the death of his six-year-old brother and it is this traumatic event which has shaped his own personality and choice of profession. One day, a failed suicide, Elizabeth Cruikshank, is admitted to his hospital. She is unusually reticent and it is not until he recalls a painting by Caravaggio that she finally yields up her story. We learn of Elizabeth Cruikshank's dereliction of trust, and the man she has lost, through David's narration. As her story unfolds, David finds his own life being touched by her account and a haunting sense that the 'other side' of his elusive patient has a strange resonance for him, too. Set partly in Rome, "The Other Side of You" explores the theme of redemption through love and art, which has become a hallmark of Salley Vickers's acclaimed work. As with her other highly popular novels, this is a many-layered and subtly audacious story, which traces the boundaries of life and death and the difficult possibilities of repentance.
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Praise for 'Miss Garnet's Angel': 'Rich, complex and haunting ! she makes the ancient story as riveting as Miss Garnet's own adventures.' Sunday Times 'Delightfully affecting.' Independent Books of the Year 'Writes like a haunted angel.' The Times Praise for 'Mr Golightly's Holiday': 'Vickers reproduces conversations about Brazilian bikini waxes, bird watching or metaphysics with a mimic's expertise; paints Dartmoor's scenery with artistry.' Sunday Telegraph 'Full of charm.' Independent on Sunday 'A treat, fun, reflective and, in its very English way, quietly jubilant.' Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph
About Salley Vickers
Salley Vickers is the author of the bestselling 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Instances of the Number 3' and 'Mr Golightly's Holiday'. She has worked as a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She now writes full time.
The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers
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