Publication Date: 13/07/2023 ISBN: 9781787704732 Category:


Catherine Chidgey

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Publication Date: 13/07/2023 ISBN: 9781787704732 Category:
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“FAULTLESS.” -The Guardian *** “A SLY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.” -The Observer

Like every other girl in her class, twelve-year-old Justine is drawn to her glamorous, charismatic new teacher and longs to be her pet. However, when a thief begins to target the school, Justine’s sense that something isn’t quite right grows ever stronger. With each twist of the plot, this gripping story of deception and the corrosive power of guilt takes a yet darker turn. Young as she is, Justine must decide where her loyalties lie.

Set in New Zealand in the 1980s and probing themes of racism, misogyny and the oppressive reaches of Catholicism, Pet will take a rightful place next to other classic portraits of childhood betrayal: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Go-Between, Heavenly Creatures and Au Revoir Les Enfants among them.

Publisher Review

"Chidgey is a find." * Times Literary Supplement * "A writer of formidable resources, a deft stylist possessed of uncanny imaginative acuity." * The Guardian * "An artist who may claim a perfect ear, an exquisite tone." * Evening Post * "Intelligent, lyrical, disciplined and observant, she is the real deal, the star of her generation" * New Zealand Listener magazine * "Highly original and deeply researched, Catherine Chidgey's Remote Sympathy is a powerful and disturbing study in terrible lies and the human need to believe them." * Annie Proulx (on Remote Sympathy) * "A wonderful new talent." * Nick Hornby * "One of the most original, brave and profound explorations of the darkest recesses of the human heart I have ever read." * Sylvia Nasar (on Remote Sympathy) * "Unnervingly realistic... a chilling tale of childhood vulnerability and violence." * Financial Times * "A superb character study, delivered with panache." * The Bookseller's "Fiction Book of the Month" * "A remarkable and original writer, whose novels have the golden combination of being both riveting and superbly-written." * Lissa Evans * "A dark and compelling story of guilt and betrayal. Add to it a near-perfect plot twist and you have a novel that lives long in the mind." * Alex Preston * "Catherine Chidgey mobilises the misgivings shared by all children who love and lose, the fear of being odd, the longing to be special, the horror of being supplanted. Pet is a novel hard not to swallow entire in one go, by when the reader will be full of hooks and wary as an old pike." * Candia McWilliam * "Catherine Chidgey brilliantly evokes the very particular preoccupations, fascinations, and cruelties of 11 and 12 year olds. The story is built of details which accumulate in a growing unease till the reader too begins to doubt her own judgement. Rivetingly tense and observant." * Elizabeth Cook * "Refreshing, compelling and surprising, this novel skirts around familiar tropes to deliver something new and troubling. Sharp writing, keen observations and killer wit." * Ann Morgan *

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