Nominated by:

The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Faber & Faber, UK

Gillespie and I

Jane Harris    

2013 Longlist

1933, London. Harriet Baxter decides to put straight, once and for all, the truth about her life and the fate of an artist called Ned Gillespie.

Decades earlier, Harriet arrives in Glasgow in time for the International Exhibition. A young art lover of independent means, Harriet becomes friend and champion to the up-and-coming painter Ned Gillespie. She is embraced by his extended, somewhat troubled family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives. But when tragedy strikes the Gillespies, Harriet’s connection with them disintegrates into mystery, deception and potentially life-changing accusations.

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About the Author

Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. In 2007, she was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year and the South Bank Show Times Breakthrough Award. Her debut novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She lives in London with her husband Tom.

Librarian’s Comments

A Victorian period piece which includes a notorious criminal trial, the characters are memorable. The story is of loneliness and obsessive love.

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