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Author: A. L. Kennedy Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469283524
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From one of the U.K.’s most dazzling novelists—whom Richard Ford has called “a profound writer”—comes this daring new novel set in the unsteady, self-contained world of a luxury liner.

While on a transatlantic trip with her soon-to-be-fiancé Derek, Elizabeth unexpectedly runs into ex-lover Arthur, with whom she shares a shady past: the pair once worked as traveling spiritual mediums who conned the vulnerable by pretending to contact the spirits of departed loved ones. While Derek remains seasick and cabin-bound, Elizabeth wanders the ship, alternately avoiding and seeking out Arthur. Unable to avoid memories of their fractured past, she must face the deception they practiced even as she accepts the peace they brought to the grief-stricken who sought their services.

Intimately addressed to “you,” the reader, The Blue Book is both a portrait of two methodical con artists and a meditation on “how love is a private language, a set of codes, to which the outside world ought not admit impediment” (Telegraph). Irresistibly written, by turns comically wry and stunningly lyrical, with “some of the most unashamedly erotic writing since Nicholson Baker first contemplated a telephone receiver” (New Statesman), the book slowly, deliberately, and devastatingly reveals itself to the reader. The heartbreaking stakes are ultimately nothing less than fact and fiction, life and death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This woman is a profound writer.”

    Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Kennedy is as disconcertingly accurate at tenderness as at wildness…A passionate writer, on the edge and at risk.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A virtuoso of prose. Her phrasing is fine-tuned and supple to the highest degree: intuitive and subtle about the multifarious sensations of being alive.”

    London Review of Books

  • “Kennedy is a highly skilled Scottish writer whose prose is often achingly beautiful.”

    Huffington Post

  • “This is a masterful novel, imaginatively crafted, shaped by big, precisely articulated emotion.”

    The Times

  • “Offers the pleasures of a work in which form and content dovetail with extraordinary skill.”

    Sunday Times

  • “Kennedy is a fine stylist and single passages are exquisite.”

    Financial Times

  • “Kennedy [is] the laureate of ‘good hurt.’”

    Guardian (London)

  • “One of Britain’s most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents, a writer who repeatedly tests our expectations…Kennedy’s fictions swell to inhabit the imagination, and her characters genuinely live.”

    Telegraph

  • “She is fiercely observant and very funny…If you want a guide to the rough contradictions of the heart, A. L. Kennedy is your woman.”

    Evening Standard

  • “Kennedy writes with flaying precision about the things we won’t often admit to ourselves, let alone speak aloud.”

    Daily Mail

  • “An amazing conception…the writing is as taught and thrilling as Kennedy’s prose always is, and there is her usual wry laughter chuckling within it all.”

    New Statesman

  • “Starting from page one, an untrustworthy narrator addresses you, the reader, as a friend. It’s an arresting and fun literary technique that hooks you into the plot right away. And the story itself is as fast-paced and funny and keeps you guessing.”

    Real Simple

  • “This…book, from a playful and intelligent writer, is worth a read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With a ferocious and probing style, Kennedy examines love and pain and the whole damn thing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013
  • Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

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About the Author

A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.