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<h2>The new ghost novel by Booker Prize-shortlisted author of <i>Jamrach's Menagerie</i></h2><p><b>Manchester, 1960s.</b> Sally, a cynical 15-year-old schoolgirl, is much too clever for her own good. When partnered with her best friend, Pamela – a mouthy girl who no-one else much likes – Sally finds herself unable to resist the temptation of rebellion. The pair play truant, explore forbidden areas of the old school and – their favourite – torment posh Sylvia Rose, with her pristine uniform and her beautiful voice that wins every singing prize.</p><p>One day, Sally ventures (unauthorised, of course) up to the greenhouse on the roof alone. Or at least she thinks she's alone, until she sees Sylvia on the roof too. Sally hurries downstairs, afraid of Sylvia snitching, but Sylvia appears to be there as well.</p><p>Amidst the resurgence of ghost stories and superstition among the girls, a tragedy is about to occur, one that will send Sally more and more down an uncanny rabbit hole...</p><p><b>Praise for Carol Birch:</b></p><p>'A naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion' <b><i>GUARDIAN</i></b></p><p>'Her prose has an irresistible vigour ... Her words sing on the page' <b><i>FINANCIAL TIMES</i></b></p><p>'A beautifully written story of ghosts, loneliness and buried secrets' <b><i>CHOICE</i></b></p><p>'Fusing the supernatural with the psychological, Birch's story is, at its heart, a human one' <b><i>BIG ISSUE</i></b></p>

ISBN
9781838939465
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Fiction
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Pages
352
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<p>A ghost novel set in a girls' school in 1960s Manchester. Amidst the resurgence of ghost stories and superstition among the girls, a tragedy is about to occur, one that will send Sally more and more down an uncanny rabbit hole…</p>

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<b>PRAISE FOR CAROL BIRCH</b>: <br />
'Birch is a naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion' Guardian. <br />
'Carol Birch's fiction continues to stretch bodies and minds to breaking point ... Marvellous and terrifying' <i>Sunday Times</i>. <br />
'One of the best stories I've ever read; an extraordinarily good and completely original book' A.S. Byatt, on <i>Jamrach's Menagerie</i>. <br />
'Her prose has an irresistible vigour ... Her words sing on the page' <i>Financial Times</i>. <br />
'Her candid northern voice cuts sadness free of sentimentality and finds intensity and drama in the everyday'

The Times

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ISBN
9781838939441
Format
eBook
Title
Shadow Girls
ISBN
9781838939458
Format
Hardback
Title
Shadow Girls
ISBN
9781838939465
Format
Trade Paperback
Title
Shadow Girls
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<p><i>My old school – I hated it but was filled with nostalgia when I looked round the old building and wanted to nail how dark and forbidding it had seemed fifty years ago. </i>Shadow Girls<i>, almost a ghost story, is the result.</i> Carol Birch.</p>

<p>Birch was shortlisted for the Booker with <i>Jamrach's Menagerie</i>.</p>

<p>MARKET: Ali Smith; Jim Crace; Francine Toon (<i>Pine</i>); Fiona Mozley (<i>Elmet</i>); Evie Wyld; Sarah Moss; Margaret Atwood (<i>Cat's Eye</i>).</p>

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