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Felicia's Journey [Kindle Edition]

William Trevor
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Felicia's Journey - A tightly woven psychological thriller by acclaimed writer William Trevor

'A book so brilliant that it compels you to stay up all night galloping through to the end' Daily Mail

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and Sunday Express Book of the Year Award

'You're beautiful,' Johnny told her. So, full of hope, seventeen-year-old Felicia crosses the Irish Sea to England to find her lover and tell him she is pregnant. Desperately searching for Johnny in the bleak post-industrial Midlands, she is instead found by Mr Hilditch, a strange and lonely man, a collector and befriender of homeless young girls . . .

'Immensely readable. The plot twist is both sinister and affecting, and so skilfully done that you remember why authors had plot twists in the first place' Philip Hensher, Guardian

'A masterpiece. You read and are dazzled. It has one of the most memorable and convincing, most sinister and terrifying of characters created in the modern novel' Susan Hill

Readers of The Story of Lucy Gault and Love and Summer will adore Felicia's Journey. It will also be cherished by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd.

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. His books in Penguin are: After Rain; A Bit on the Side; Bodily Secrets; Cheating at Canasta; The Children of Dynmouth; The Collected Stories (Volumes One and Two); Death in Summer; Felicia's Journey; Fools of Fortune; The Hill Bachelors; Love and Summer; The Mark-2 Wife; Selected Stories; The Story of Lucy Gault and Two Lives.

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Read by Aidan Gillen. Felicia's journey, to find Johnny, takes her across the Irish Sea to the Midlands where he works in a lawn-mower factory. In her search she finds herself in the industrial wastelands, amongst the closed-down factories, industrial estates and the people who live there.


Young and pregnant, Felicia leaves her Irish hometown to search for her boyfriend in the English Midlands, only to fall in with the obese, fiftyish Mr. Hilditch, in a tale of psychological suspense.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9O6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felicia's Journey 24 Oct. 2009
Felicia's Journey by that wonderful Irish Author William Trevor - is a wonderful story, sad - so sad - but the tension builds up slowly and the reader begins to feel uncomfortable for what they believe and think is going to happen - I cannot reveal the aim of the character in the book, as it would not allow the reader to slowly begin to realise what is happening. A wonderful read indeed and I have read it twice over the years and still shiver at certain parts of this book. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT... 19 Jun. 2008
This is an intriguing, well-written book of psychological suspense for which its author was the recipient of the 1994 Whitbread Award. Written by a master storyteller, it tells the story of two people whose lives interconnect, only to have repercussions for both in the most unexpected ways.

Felicia is a seventeen year old motherless and naive Irish girl, who has become intimate with an Irish boy named Johnny. Of course, the expected ensues, and after Johnny has left Ireland and returned to England where he ostensibly works, Felicia is left holding the bag. Her disapproving father suspects Johnny of actually being in the British Army and, thus, a traitor to his own. He also has a few choice words for his daughter, now that she is in the family way, and none of it is flattering. So, Felicia leaves her rural village and her family and goes off in search of Johnny, having nothing more than the vaguest of ideas where he might be.

She crosses the Irish Sea and arrives in the English Midlands in the industrial city of Birmingham, as she believes Johnny to be working in a lawn mower factory there. In her search for Johnny, she runs into the portly catering manager for one of the local factories. His name is Joseph Ambrose Hilditch, and he is outwardly a jovial and agreeable man, well-liked by his co-workers and meticulous about his culinary repasts. He lives in solitary splendor in the large house in which he grew up. The house is cluttered with collectibles but well- kept, although decorated in the style of a bygone era. Mr. Hilditch is, indeed, a collector, but his collection is initially far beyond Felicia's imaginings. In fact, Mr. Hilditch has a darker side to him, which is not immediately discernible by the unwary.

When Felicia first meets Mr.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly compelling tale 11 Aug. 2009
Poor Irish girl gets knocked up, deserted, seeks lover in England. And yet the story turns into something quite different and quite surprising. It's not the most uplifting book I've read, yet I read it in two goes and have thought about it since. It certainly gives an insight into the back stories of those who find themselves destitute. This was the first time I've read anything by William Trevor and I will certainly be looking for more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Study of a Psychopath 16 Jan. 2014
By Calypso
Felicia's Journey is the story of a young Irish girl. At seventeen Felicia has lost her mother and naively falls for Johnny Lysaght who seduces her. Pregnant and desperate she tries to find Johnny in England. In the process she encounters Mr Hilditch, a fifty four year old bachelor with a psychopathic interest in young vulnerable women.

The story is written in the present tense and the perspective alternates between Felicia and Hilditch. In many ways this is a brave attempt at exploring the psychology of both victim and perpetrator. The expository style at the beginning makes the first part of the book somewhat slow and uninteresting and ultimately the behaviour shown by both characters is not credible. The final scenes with Felicia are particularly unsatisfactory. This is the first book of William Trevor's I have read and having heard much about him can only assume that this is far from his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister coming of age novel 29 Nov. 2014
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This is an author who I had not come across before but very much hope to read again. Straightaway, there is something in this writing that connects you to Felicia's story. She has travelled from Ireland, as a pregnant young girl, to look for the father and meets Mr Hildred, a rather strange man in his forties.
The writing is superb, no unnecessary words are ever used and ever word seems to have been chosen to have a very specific purpose. All the time there is the impression of more going on under the surface than is said - what a gift!! The book should be read slowly so that every nuance can be appreciated.
It's also quite stunning that the observational qualities of the descriptions are quite breath taking. I can only imagine that the author must have waked around and around the streets looking for every small detail to be able to find the uniqueness yet, at the same time, banality. Whilst there are many sections to praise, of particular note are the dreams that Felicia has where she shows the torment running through her.
Towards the end I felt that the confusion of Mr Hildred became overpowering and took away slightly from Felicia's fate but I could not put it down, finding that even 15 pages from the end I still had no idea what was going to happen and actually wasn't really sure what had happened anyway. It is unsettling reading a book like this as it does have a plot which could easily be adapted to a thriller or crime novel but William Trevor resists that route, deciding to stay with a thoughtful and sinister novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book was as described and was a very good read.
Published 1 month ago by kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grim but Gripping Tale
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1994, William Trevor's 'Felicia's Journey' tells the story of a naive seventeen-year-old girl who, seduced by her lover, Johnny,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susie B
4.0 out of 5 stars Story unfolds with all the beauty of an unfurling rose.
I read this book because somebody had compared my own work to William Trevor's. I must say that I feel very flattered! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Allie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing as he always is but incredibly bleak.
another masterpiece from william trevor. he just gets better and better. the vision is a bleak one, but the level of perception and trenchant insight into human nature remains the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, understated, sinister story
A shortish novel about a pregnant Irish girl who comes to England in search of her lover. There she encounters a catering manager who is not what he appears. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. F. Cayley
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Brilliant dark tale, with great suspense and a nail-biting climax. Couldn't put it down as I was so worried about the outcome!
Published 15 months ago by vanessa gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars to be read...
It is such a moving book through Felicia 1st person narrative, and this kind of villain embodied by Hilditch. Enjoy it!
Published 16 months ago by Bouchet Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
We read this for our book club. It is a very unusual story, very well written with a story that unfolds in layers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pluto
5.0 out of 5 stars Felicia's Journey - loved this book!
I found this absorbing, really well-observed and very moving. I really enjoyed the way the plot gradually revealed itself, just enough at a time to keep the element of suspense.
Published 18 months ago by Sarah Coyte
5.0 out of 5 stars O novel to be remembered
I read this book many many years ago and have never forgotten it. The story of the 17 yr old setting out from Ireland to Birmingham to find a soldier she met in Ireland is very... Read more
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