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'Harriss voice is an original one, and her rollicking yet delicate narrative pitch sets the book apart' -- The Guardian, April 2006
'I wept at the end of this brilliant first novel' -- Sunday Herald, April 2006
'This intriguing, ghostly read will have you hooked from page one. Fantastic. -- Company Magazine
'What distinguishes Harris's book from the rest is her sense of comedy' -- Time Out, April 12, 2006
'a page-turning narrative' -- Daily Mail, April 2006
'funny and original.... What lifts the book out of the ordinary is Bessy's compelling narrative voice' -- Sunday Times, April 9, 2006
'her voice will hold you in thrall for the next 400 pages' -- The Times, March 2006
'it is not the flawless plot that leaves the reader rapt but instead, Bessys comic observations.' -- Daily Express, April 2006
Brilliantly written. Harriss richly comic, deeply touching novel is destined to be one of the publishing sensations of the year -- Scotland on Sunday, 19 March
The Observations has all the necessary ingredients for a Rebecca-like absorption. -- London Review of Books
A darkly humorous and intriguing story of one woman's journey from a difficult past into an even more disturbing present ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The plot centres around Bessy's relationship with Arabella and, in particular, the book Arabella is writing on the subject of servants. However, as Bessy digs a little deeper into the past, she discovers that one of her predecessors, the saintly Nora, died in mysterious circumstances.Read more ›
Sharply plotted, humorous but also intensely moving, the book moves towards a truly surprising climax. It is rare to find a book which makes you laugh out loud, yet also makes you feel such sympathy and sadness for the characters. This is a really good read and a brilliant debut.
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Keeps surprising you with each new twist and turn of events!
You feel sad at the end because you will miss the wonderful characters you believe you now know!
It is 1856. A young woman is making her solitary way on foot across central Scotland. Her previous employment has come to an abrupt end and she has had to leave. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scholastica
I have read this book twice now and still love it. Being Irish I felt a certain kinship for Bessy. This is one book I just couldn't put down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Danielle Delaney
This book is must to read. I cannot recommend it enough. It was a delight, funny, clever and thoroughly entertaining. I first read Jane Harris's Gillespie and I. Read morePublished 17 months ago by marigoldW
My dreams were hoaching with them 'till I was betwattled.
I'm not offering you any snash, when you read: "I still cannot tell a semi-quaver from a... Read more