By Alice Thompson


The tale of a man's obsession with a woman, or is it two women? Justine has a twin sister, and the narrator is increasingly unsure as to the real identity of the woman he desires. Alluding to the Marquis de Sade's work of the same name, the novel explores the line between imagination and reality.

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Erotic and obsessive, a nameless art collector and opium-eater becomes enthralled by the classical beauty Justine and her angry twin Juliette. Reality and dreams, art and life merge and blur in this gothic fable, where nothing is ever as it seems. Thompson writes like a Caledonian Angela Carter, with overtones of both Oscar Wilde and the Marquis de Sade. -- Stuart Kelly

Gripping -- Daily Telegraph

Author Biography

Alice Thompson was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She read English at Oxford and then toured the world in the pop group, The Woodentops. Her novella, Killing Time, was published by Penguin in 1991. In 1995 she completed a PhD on Henry James and became Writer in Residence for Shetland. She is now writer in residence for St Andrew's University.