The Amber Fury

Author(s): Natalie Haynes

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When you open up, who will you let in? When Alex Morris loses her fiance in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on. There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, Alex even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her. The Amber Fury is a beautifully constructed psychological page-turner. It is a dark mystery of a novel about loss, obsession, and the deep, abiding human need to connect.

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Haynes' debut is not only a gripping, can't-stop-turning-pages thriller, but also a beautifully drawn portrait of grief and how we find our way back to life. Along the way, she offers a paean to Classics and teaching, perfectly capturing the fraught and funny rhythms of a challenging classroom. I loved it. --Madeline Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES Gripping and elegiac, funny and achingly sad, Haynes' tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic. --Joss Whedon, creator of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and screenwriter of TOY STORY

Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. Always keen to be paid for what she would be reading anyway, she judged the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2012, and the Man Booker Prize in 2013. The Amber Fury is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781782392767
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Corvus
  • : February 2014
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Natalie Haynes
  • : Paperback
  • : Export & Airside ed
  • : very good
  • : 308