Bad Relations

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A TALE OF A TRAGEDY SEEPING THROUGH GENERATIONS, AND A FAMILY FRACTURED BY HISTORY AND DESIRE – available for pre-order now

‘A writer who seems able to peer directly into the human heart’ John Preston

On the battlefields of the Crimea, William Gale cradles the still-warm body of his brother. William’s experience of war will bring about a change in him that will reverberate through his family over the next two centuries.
In the 1970s, William’s descendants invite Stephen, a distant relation, to stay in their house in the English countryside – but their golden summer entanglements will end in a shocking fall from grace.

Half a century later, a confrontation between the surviving members of the family will culminate in a terrible reckoning.

Praise for AFTER THE PARTY:

‘Uncanny, evocative, atmospheric’ Sunday Times

‘Connolly is a terrifically subtle writer… [she] slyly sweeps her readers into the period drama as tensions tauten between families and social classes’ Daily Telegraph

‘Profound and moving and completely original, with a storyline that is completely satisfying. It’ll be one of those novels that stays in my mind forever… it’s a work of art’ Craig Brown

‘I finished it in two days flat and I’ve never read anything quite like it’ Hilary Spurling

‘Wonderfully subtle and interesting… with a compelling voice’ Linda Grant

© Cressida Connolly 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • A writer who seems able to peer directly into the human heart

    John Preston
  • Uncanny, evocative, atmospheric

    Sunday Times on 'After the Party'
  • Connolly is a terrifically subtle writer… [she] slyly sweeps her readers into the period drama as tensions tauten between families and social classes

    Daily Telegraph on 'After the Party'
  • Profound and moving and completely original, with a storyline that is completely satisfying. It’ll be one of those novels that stays in my mind forever… it’s a work of art

    Craig Brown on 'After the Party'
  • I finished it in two days flat and I’ve never read anything quite like it

    Hilary Spurling on 'After the Party'
  • A wonderfully subtle and interesting account of the Mosley women, with a compelling voice

    Linda Grant on 'After the Party'

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