Bitter Orange


My third novel, Bitter Orange will be published in 2018 in the UK and Commonwealth by Fig Tree / Penguin (2nd August), in the US by Tin House (October 9), in Canada by House of Anansi (October 9), and in Germany by Piper (4th September). It will also be published in France (Editions Stock), and Greece (Psichogios).

Frances Jellico is dying and remembering when, in the summer of 1969 she was commissioned to survey the follies in the garden of Lyntons – a decrepit and almost derelict country house. There, living in the attic for a month or so, she meets Cara and Peter who are staying in the rooms below hers. This unusual couple encourage Frances to stay up late, to smoke, to eat and drink as much as she wants, and to ignore the work she has been commissioned to do. But Frances discovers a hole in her bathroom floor which allows her to spy on Cara and Peter, an act of duplicity she is unable to resist. As Frances falls under her new friends’ spell and she learns their stories, the house offers up its own secrets, until her life is changed forever.

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The Grange

Lyntons is inspired by The Grange (the house in the picture above), in Hampshire, a fascinating Greek Revival style house, managed by English Heritage.

Pre-order Bitter Orange here (UK), here (US), or here (Canada).