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The Girl on the Page

Narrated by: Alice Barrington
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and pause-resisting novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider John Purcell.

Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hotshot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in Northwest London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven-figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end 50 years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself - questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

From ultimate book industry insider John Purcell comes a literary pause-resistor, a ferocious and fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity, and the redemptive power of great literature.

"So genuine, rich with insider info. Super read." (Candice Fox, international best-selling author of Redemption Point)

"Fast-paced, clever, funny, seriously thought and talk-provoking." (Dervla McTiernan, best-selling author of The Ruin)

"Like getting on a fast-moving train or rocket...you cannot and don't want to get off, but must follow every dynamic, insatiable, brilliant character right to the stunning end." (Caroline Overington, best-selling author of The One Who Got Away and The Ones You Trust)

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Critic Reviews

"A slick, sharp novel about books and relationships, drenched in delicious insider detail from the book industry. Impossible not to enjoy." (Matt Haig, international best-selling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet and How to Stop Time)

"Fizzy, ferocious, and ice-pick sharp, packed with wit and heart - think The Devil Wears Prada by way of Bret Easton Ellis. Gulp it down. Or savor it slowly. Just read it." (AJ Finn, author of international best-seller The Woman in the Window)

"Hilarious and heartbreaking.... I know people are going to enjoy this book as much as I did." (Christian White, best-selling author of The Nowhere Child)

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This book was recommended through an app as something I’d enjoy. I got two hours in, waiting for the suspense to hit and gave up. It was not my kind of book.