From Book industry insider, John Purcell, comes The Girl On The Page - a literary page-turner, a ferocious and fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity, and the redemptive power of great literature.
The Girl on the Page Synopsis:
Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption.
Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.
When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north-west London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven-figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.
Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself - questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.
(HarperCollins Australia, 2018)
Self-defeating behaviour is common, and I think understandable to a degree. However, I have very low tolerance for self-destructive behaviour (and its perpetrators), both in life and in my fiction.
In that context, it is no mean feat that despite John Purcell's leading lady Amy being one of the most wantonly self-destructive characters I have come across, I was ultimately won over by the literary intelligence that oozes from this novel.
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