US Title: Telling Lies to Alice
I had the dream again last night. Im at the bottom of a lake looking through the window of a car. Everythings green and murky and theres a skeleton behind the wheel, dressed as a Bunny Girl. The ears are perched on the skull, jaunty, the collar and bow tie are hanging round the neck vertebrae and the bodys dressed in the satin costume - black, the colour we all used to want because it was slimming - with two empty cone-shaped cups sticking out in front of the ribcage ... In 1967 Bunny Girl Alice Jones met Lenny Maxted - one half of the brilliant comic duo, Maxted and Flowers - and fell deeply in love with him. But, like so many great comics, Lenny had a dark side. Their love affair ended when Alice found his body hanging from a beam in a Wiltshire cottage. Seven years after his death, in the long hot summer of 1976, Alice is leading a quiet, almost reclusive life in an Oxfordshire farmhouse when, out of the blue, Lennys partner, Jack Flowers, turns up on her doorstep. Alice has not seen him since Lennys funeral, but her surprise and pleasure turn into an all too familiar sense of unease when she discovers that he is distressed and drinking heavily. At the same time a car containing human remains is fished out of a Wiltshire lake... Laura Wilsons fourth novel is her most powerful, intense and frightening work to date, and confirms her reputation as a writer of outstanding, original talent.
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