The Garnett Girls
A powerful, big-hearted debut of love, sisterhood and what it means to be home – warm, joyful and tender
One of the most talked about debuts for 2023
Picked by Stylist as a Big Fiction Debut for 2023
Georgina Moore was chosen by Observer as One of the Ten Best New Novelists for 2023
‘Moore finds wry humour in her protagonists’ dilemmas, conjures a beguiling sense of place, and wrings emotional depth out of the women’s fractious relationships with each other’ The Times
‘An assured first novel… this immersive saga probes the traumas all families conceal. It is a novel of appetite… readers will down greedily’ The Sunday Times
‘With Moore’s evocative prose it’s easy to see why The Garnett Girls is being likened to works by… Penny Vincenzi and Maeve Binchy’ The Observer
Forbidden, passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard’s love affair was the stuff of legend- but, ultimately, doomed.
When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild.
Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness.
Rachel is desperate to return to London, but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home.
Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiance, even when life is taking an unexpected turn.
And wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core…
The Garnett Girls, the captivating debut from Georgina Moore, asks whether children can ever be free of the mistakes of their parents.
Praise for The Garnett Girls:
‘A rare and wonderful delight’ Lucy Foley
‘I adored it’ Bryony Gordon
‘A delicious read’ Rachel Joyce
‘Richly drawn’ Patrick Gale
‘What a gem of a book!’ Erica James
‘Pure pleasure’ Emma Stonex
‘Beautifully written’ Jill Mansell
‘A wonderfully woven tale of love, friendship and family’ Catherine Alliott
Praise for The Garnett Girls: 'Gorgeously written and utterly absorbing. A story to lose yourself in, characters to fall in love with... a rare and wonderful delight' Lucy Foley 'I adored it' Bryony Gordon 'A delicious read - intimate, intricate, immersive' Rachel Joyce 'Richly drawn... a clear-eyed understanding of family dynamics' Patrick Gale 'A sweeping, escapist read' Waterstones 'What a gem of a book! I loved the beautiful setting... Such an accomplished first novel' Erica James 'Pure pleasure. Indulgent, escapist and gorgeously atmospheric... a sweeping saga of family secrets, glamour and betrayal' Emma Stonex 'Beautifully written, with an idyllic setting, fascinating characters and tangled family relationships... gorgeous and compelling' Jill Mansell 'A wonderfully woven tale of love, friendship and family' Catherine Alliott 'Flair, wit and great kindness. A pleasure to read' Susie Boyt 'A deft, evocative storyteller' Sheila O'Flanagan 'Pure escapism' Harriet Tyce 'Written with skill and passion... what a debut!' Elizabeth Buchan 'Heart, warmth and wit' Eva Rice 'An elegant page-turner' Julie Owen Moylan 'Sublime writing, deep deep emotion and characters you won't want to let go... Heavenly!' Veronica Henry 'A gorgeous evocative tale of love and loss and healing' Liz Fenwick 'A fabulous debut' Fanny Blake 'This novel has it all... I loved every minute' Marika Cobbold 'So beautifully written, sensual and heartbreaking. A touchstone for every woman' Tiffany Murray 'I loved it. The Garnett Girls reminded me of the Rosamunde Pilcher novels I loved reading in my teens, although grittier, insightful and more contemporary' Sarah Stovell 'Such a pleasurable read. Great to see such a multi-faceted, mature female lead... A gorgeous, atmospheric, generous debut' Tor Udall
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