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'Passionate, intriguing and beautifully written, The Things We Never Said deserves to stand on the shelf next to Maggie O'Farrell's books. A powerful and talented new voice' Rachel Hore, bestselling author of A Gathering Storm and A Place of Secrets
'This is a staggeringly accomplished first novel, perfectly paced. It sweeps you up from the very first page and doesn't let you go until the end. The hauntingly nostalgic tale of the trauma of an unwanted pregnancy in the 60s, it has echoes of Lynn Reid Banks and Margaret Forster. You could almost smell the boarding house and feel the cold of an unforgiving winter as aspiring actress Maggie faces up to some brutal choices that will affect her for the rest of her life. The ensuing trauma is entwined with a very modern tale of marriage, impending fatherhood and the perils of the workplace in twenty-first-century Britain. The two stories dovetail to perfection. It's both deeply moving and uplifting - an emotional rollercoaster. If you love Maggie O'Farrell, you'll love this' Veronica Henry, bestselling author of The Long Weekend
'A brave and moving story about how much can be lost and what happens next. A compelling and impressive debut' Alison Moore, author of the Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse
'Two intertwined stories explore a past filled with terror and grief, and a heart-breaking present, in writing as smooth and bittersweet as fine dark chocolate' Jane Rogers, author of the Booker-longlisted The Testament of Jessie Lamb
'Tightly-woven and tender, The Things We Never Said is a beautifully crafted story that explores harsh family secrets with effortless clarity. A wonderful debut' Isabel Ashdown, award-winning author of Glasshopper
'I was swept along by Elliot Wright's assured storytelling' Katie Ward, author of Girl, Reading
'Compelling and deeply moving... this is superb storytelling which transports the reader with ease between past and present, across a gulf of fifty years, while gradually revealing the connection between the two. I couldn't put it down' Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devil's Music
A powerful and compelling read about how the past shapes us' The Sun --The Sun
Susan Elliot Wright grew up in Lewisham in south-east London, left school at 16 and married unwisely at eighteen. She didn't begin to pursue her childhood dream of writing until she left her unhappy marriage and went to university at the age of 30. After gaining a degree in English, she decided to choose a new name, and began flicking through the phonebook for ideas. She settled on Elliot and changed her name by deed poll. Then she met 'Mr Right' (actually, Mr Wright) to whom she is now happily married. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, where she is now an Associate Lecturer.
Absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. The characters were beautifully drawn.Published 2 months ago by Anita
I loved this book and didn't want it to end.. I stumbled upon it by chance and had never heard of the author. Brilliant.Published 4 months ago by pat warburton