Publication Date: 24/03/2022 ISBN: 9780241524718 Category:

Exactly What You Mean

Ben Hinshaw

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 24/03/2022 ISBN: 9780241524718 Category:
Hardback

£14.99

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The BBC Between the Covers Book Club Pick

‘Sentence by sentence, Ben Hinshaw offers wit, sensitivity and sharp observation. Then slowly the reader sees the grand design – the intricate, braided storylines, sustained with energy and relish. It is entertaining, and something more – truly involving, like a whole novel sequence cleverly condensed’ Hilary Mantel

Surrounded by the dramatic beauty of Guernsey, a teenager discovers a secret and finds his betrayal has the power to ruin adult lives. In London, a marriage shot through with infidelity leads to a quest for revenge, resulting in a series of simultaneously comical and catastrophic events. And in California, as wildfires threaten landscapes and lives, a young veteran struggles with the trauma of war, seeking solace at a local ranch.

In this extraordinary debut, a cast of characters grapple with unexpected betrayal, the loss of innocence and the lies we tell. With sharp insight, Ben Hinshaw illuminates the unnerving nature of what it means to grow up, to be a teenager playing at adulthood and an adult playing games.

Publisher Review

Sentence by sentence, Ben Hinshaw offers wit, sensitivity and sharp observation. Then slowly the reader sees the grand design - the intricate, braided storylines, sustained with energy and relish. It is entertaining, and something more - truly involving, like a whole novel sequence cleverly condensed -- Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light Ben Hinshaw renders ordinary human agonies with extraordinary precision and emotional insight. He specialises in the atmosphere of human interconnection, in subtle revelations and indelible images. This book is a riveting and beautifully patterned map of the emotional archipelago of longing and learning, loving and leaving -- Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

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