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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On The Cover: Tony & Susan by Austin Wright

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Tony & Susan' by Austin Wright.

'Marvellously written - the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.' - SAUL BELLOW

'Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful and appalling...This novel I know I shall never forget.' - RUTH RENDELL

'Creepy, illuminating, quite wonderful.' - DONNA LEON

'Compelling....Mesmerising....Absolutely irresistible' - New York Times

'A thriller with the grip of a pitbull...This is a novel of immense guile and unsettling velocity. Why Wright isn't better known is a mystery to me. He's brilliant.' - RUPERT THOMSON

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home, with her children, and her second marriage, she receives, entirely out of the blue, a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

 As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of his character Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, so are we. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilised lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

 Tony & Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta