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What We Did in the Dark

Ajay Close

What We Did in the Dark by Ajay Close

I made what may be called a rash and foolish marriage to a man I scarcely knew.

1904: Cathie longs for adventure. A whirlwind romance with soldier and artist Herbert Jackson offers this and more, but Herbert is violently jealous and she is soon fighting for her freedom – and her life. A fictionalised account of Catherine Carswell’s first marriage, What We Did in the Dark is a compelling portrait of a trail-blazing writer.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240890
Publication Date: 13/02/2020
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Ajay Close
Born in Sheffield, Ajay Close worked as a newspaper journalist, winning several awards, before becoming a full-time author and playwright. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was longlisted for the...


‘A wonderfully compelling book, bringing life to a fascinating historical character.’

Scotland on Sunday

‘Ajay Close is a terrific writer… Close displays real skill and insight in making something both moving and compelling out of such challenging material. Highly recommended.’

Carol Birch

‘Profound and moving... Beautifully told. I couldn’t stop reading it.’

James Robertson

‘A passionate, brutal tale – full of tender moments and barbaric acts.’

Sue Peebles

‘Speaks across time to all women everywhere.’

Sue Wilkinson, former CEO of The Reading Agency

‘Close’s addictive, cleverly crafted novel illuminates an almost forgotten writer.’

Alastair Mabbott, The Herald on Sunday

‘'Beautifully crafted, a perceptive novel that has the pace and suspense of a thriller.’

Shirley Whiteside, Book Oxygen