The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

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Who is the real Sophie Stark?

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is the story of an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most. Brilliant, infuriating, all-seeing and unknowable, Sophie Stark makes films said to be ‘more like life than life itself’. But her genius comes at a terrible cost: to her husband, to the brother she left behind, and to an actress who knows too much.

With shades of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, it combines a uniquely appealing sensibility with a compulsively page-turning plot.

Read by Amanda Dolan and Roger Wayne

(p) 2014 Tantor, Inc

Critics Review

  • THIS YEAR’S BLOCKBUSTER. If the Girl on the Train was the woman of 2015, then Sophie Stark is this year’s model… Out now – soon every girl on every train will be reading it.

    SUNDAY TIMES STYLE
  • Thriller-paced, with mysteries revealed at every turn. The great mystery at the centre is Sophie Stark, a totally unforgettable female anti-hero who conforms to absolutely none of our expectations and suffers deeply for it

    Lena Dunham
  • I read THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK with my heart in my mouth. Not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story.

    Emma Donoghue
  • Anna North is a natural, butter-smooth storyteller, and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an elegant, kaleidoscopic look at a challenging artist and at the way our lives are, in some respects, only silhouettes made from the perceptions of those who know us.

    Maggie Shipstead, author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
  • Do not miss Anna North’s fascinating study of one woman told from different viewpoints in THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK.

    STYLIST MAGAZINE
  • Anna North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a captivating portrait of the artist as a young woman. It’s a story that examines the notion of artistic legacy and meditates on the ethics involved in film-making and
    storytelling…

    THE INDEPENDENT

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