The darkly riveting relationship between teenage siblings is explored in a gothic tale from the Booker-shortlisted author

July and September are the teenage sisters of this eerie, absorbing novel; they are as near to twins as two girls born 10 months apart can be. As we enter their story they are heading north – or so it appears – with their mother Sheela, driving from Oxford to Yorkshire, to a broken down house “beached up on the side of the North York Moors, only just out of the sea”. This is the liminal, watery territory that Daisy Johnson has already laid claim to in her debut collection of stories, Fen, published in 2016; in the 2018 Booker-shortlisted Everything Under, she also concocted an unsettling blend of the mythical and the real, drawing on the tale of Oedipus to enact the magnetic torment of the mother-daughter bond.

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