Sandstone Press

What We Did in the Dark by Ajay Close

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240890
Publication Date: 13/02/2020

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What We Did in the Dark

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.

Ajay Close

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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...

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‘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

‘“What We Did in the Dark” is beautifully written, and whilst also hard hitting and very graphic in its detail, it is a compelling read.’
-Undiscovered Scotland

‘'Beautifully crafted, a perceptive novel that has the pace and suspense of a thriller.’
-Shirley Whiteside, Book Oxygen