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A Petrol Scented Spring, Ajay Close

Label
A Petrol Scented Spring
Title
A Petrol Scented Spring
Statement of responsibility
Ajay Close
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Arabella Scott, suffragette and hunger striker, is held in solitary confinement for five weeks, force-fed by the prison doctor, Hugh Ferguson Watson. Two years later, his wife, Donella, is trapped in a sexless marriage with a man haunted by the past.
  • 'A fascinating insight into one of the most compelling stories in the history of the women's suffrage movement.'-The Times; 'Ajay Close's writing hums with an electric tension, her dialogue is superb, as is her insight into the complex mix of human imagination and emotion. This is a truly gripping novel, one which had me totally involved with the lives of the central characters.'-Scottish Review; 'Uncompromising in its honesty and compelling in its narration ... Ajay Close has hit on a real-life story that may prove to be one of the gems of the year.'-The Herald; 'Cunningly constructed and well written.'-The Sunday Times; 'A captivating and nuanced read Close writes witty and humorous dialogue that has the duck, dive and jab of a boxing match between characters.'-Scottish Review of Books; 'A thought-provoking and revealing read ... Close's sophisticated writing is never less than engrossing.'-The Scotsman; 'Turbulent scenes on the streets of Perth a century ago are brought to life in a new novel about the struggle for women's votes.'-Dundee Courier; 'An engrosssing read filled with rich relationships and keen observations.'-Buzz Magazine; 'Novelist Ajay Close looks behind the satin sashes at the women who wanted the vote enough to break the law and risk their lives. Her new novel A Petrol Scented Spring is based on a true story she uncovered as a writer-in-residence in Perth.'-The Daily Record; 'A beautifully written, accomplished novel that vibrates with authenticity. If you are looking for a novel that brings you into another world and leaves you thinking about it for days after you finish, this is it.'-Bottle Imp, the Best Scottish Books of 2015; 'Ajay Close is brilliant.'-Fay Weldon; 'Inventing a fictional narrative for her real-life principals, Close writes with breathless wit, dizzying passion, a quick sympathy for her two heroines, and an unflinching eye for the mechanics of the medical procedures inflicted on prisoners of conscience. '-Kirkus Reviews
Biographical or historical data
Born in Sheffield, Ajay Close took an English degree at Cambridge. She worked as a newspaper journalist, winning several awards, before becoming a full time author and playwright. Her first play, The Keekin Gless, was staged at Perth Theatre in July 2009. Her second, The Sma Room Seance, was performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. She is the author of Forspoken (Secker & Warburg, 1998) and Trust (Blackfriars), which was published in February 2014. All three books collected rave reviews.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Close, Ajay
Dewey number
AF
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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Historical
Summary expansion
'I still don't know whether he was done for before we met, whether his heart was already claimed, or smashed. Whether the love story pieced together in these pages is mine, or hers.' The day after her wedding, Donella Ferguson Watson wakes up shackled to a man haunted by the past. The lonely days become weeks, months. Her husband Hugh, a prison doctor, will offer no explanation for their sexless marriage. She comes to suspect the answer lies with a hungerstriking suffragette who was force fed and held in solitary confinement. But what really happened between Hugh and his prisoner patient? A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women's emancipation
Target audience
general
Label
A Petrol Scented Spring, Ajay Close
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9781910124611
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
350 p.
Isbn
9781910124611
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
A Petrol Scented Spring, Ajay Close
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9781910124611
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
350 p.
Isbn
9781910124611
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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