Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Rebecca Connell

The Art of Losing

Rebecca Connell

The Art of Losing

2010, pp. 240, Paperback
ISBN: 9781933372785
Region: Britain
$ 15.00
Reading group guide Reading group guide Reading group guide

The book

Rebecca Connell’s debut novel is a brilliantly crafted mix of thriller and literary romance that examines the consequences of betrayal and the legacy of loss.

At the age of ten, Louise lost her mother in a tragic accident. More than a decade later she is convinced of the truth she glimpsed as a girl: her mother’s lover Nicholas, an Oxford professor, was responsible for her death. And so Louise becomes Lydia, hiding her true identity behind her dead mother’s name and setting out to confront Nicholas. At first she only watches him from the shadows, but a chance meeting with his son provides the pretext she needs to fully insinuate herself into the unsuspecting professor’s life.

Nicholas may not know who Lydia really is, but her name evokes memories of his harrowing and passionate affair all those years ago. His and Lydia’s intense and torturous romance changed the course of his life. Despite his success and his seemingly perfect family, memories of its awful conclusion haunt him still.

The author

Rebecca Connell
Rebecca Connell graduated from Oxford University in 2001. She writes about youth culture and lifestyle for numerous magazines. The Art of Losing is her first novel. She lives in London.

Press

From the same country

  • Alan Parks

    Bloody January

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    An exciting, evocative first-in-series noir novel set in 1973 Glasgow, a city on the cusp of a heroin epidemic, featuring detective Harry McCoy.
  • Jane Gardam

    Faith Fox

    2017, pp. 384, $ 18.00
    The story of a motherless girl named Faith and her family and close friends, all of whom are determined to see her live a happy life.
  • Anthony Quinn

    Freya

    2017, pp. 560, $ 19.00
    Set immediately after the end of WWII, Freya explores the lives and friendship of two British females at a time where gender roles were changing...
  • Jane Gardam

    The Flight of the Maidens

    2017, pp. 336, $ 17.00
    Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens. With her characteristic wit, Gardam...
  • Rebecca Wait

    The Followers

    2017, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    The Followers is a compassionate and suspenseful story of the dissolution of a family.
  • Sarah Moss

    Signs for Lost Children

    2017, pp. 368, $ 19.00
    Award-winning author Sarah Moss's most recent work of historical fiction is a portrait of a young couple's unconventional marriage as it's tested...