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Author: Louise Doughty Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781480577534
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An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications

Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. As the barrister’s voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she’s lost herself and the life she’d built so carefully to a man who never existed at all.

After their first liaison, Yvonne’s lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and bravely written book.”

    Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Spellbinding…[Yvonne’s] private conflict between security and desire has shocking political consequences.”

    Vogue

  • “A disquieting, perceptive, and gripping read.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A chilling novel…Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories…Entirely compelling.”

    The Observer (London)

  • “A compelling cautionary tale of what happens when fantasy begins to occlude real life. ‘The trouble with stories is, they are addictive,’ Doughty states. In this case, she may never have written a truer word.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to a breaking point.” 

    Times (London)

  • “[A] thrilling narrative.”

    Herald Scotland (Glasgow)

  • “Riveting.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Louise Doughty has written a gripping thriller that calls our own thoughts on morality into question and is impossible to put down. Intelligent and captivating, Apple Tree Yard makes you realize how one bad decision can change the course of your life forever.”

    Stylist (London)

  • “Nobody who reads Apple Tree Yard is likely to complain about feeling short-changed…Here the sharp domestic details are powerfully combined with (among other things) a dark crime thriller, a gripping courtroom drama and an unforced meditation on the pleasures and dangers of self-deception…Superbly teasing.”

    Reader’s Digest

  • “This is a thinking person’s Gone Girl, with a British flavor, about the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell about ourselves.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brooding, emotionally complex, and powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

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About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson has won the prestigious Audie Award and numerous Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.