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William Trevor
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24 Jun 2004

‘You’re beautiful,’ Johnny told her and 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…

William Trevor’s tightly woven psychological thriller won the 1994 Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. Susan Hill described it as, ‘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.’

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Jun 2004)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0140240241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140240245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Trevor was born in 1928 at Mitchelstown, County Cork, spent his childhood in provincial Ireland, and now lives in Devon.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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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. Gradually the atmosphere becomes more and more sinister. This novel is beautifully written and very understated: there are no lurid descriptions but enough is said to give the reader a picture of what has happened.
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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 great! 30 Nov 2013
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Brilliant dark tale, with great suspense and a nail-biting climax. Couldn't put it down as I was so worried about the outcome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars to be read... 26 Oct 2013
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It is such a moving book through Felicia 1st person narrative, and this kind of villain embodied by Hilditch. Enjoy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 11 Oct 2013
By Pluto
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We read this for our book club. It is a very unusual story, very well written with a story that unfolds in layers. My only disappointment is that several of the threads of the story are left hanging so the reader has to decide what may have happened to the characters. Well worth reading.
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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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 11 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
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
Pretty dark and depressing story, but brilliantly written. Not Trevor's best but very absorbing. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. C. M. Velarde
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as I'd expected from Trevor.
Lacked the brilliance and allure of his former work.
Characters imaginative but storyline less so.
Trevor sells but this time his work is less appealing.
Published 20 months ago by Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars great study guide
Wife bought this for the kindle for use in writing exam papers for gcse english, it is ideal as you can pick a certain word and highlight it and search and kindle finds all... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by ceebee
5.0 out of 5 stars totally absorbing read
I read this book quite some time ago and recently whilst sorting out my bookshelf have came across it again. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by soukie
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