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The Two Houses

a gripping novel of buried secrets and those who hide them

By Fran Cooper

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A novel of buried secrets and the people who hide them, from the author of These Dividing Walls.

'Superbly written and utterly gripping' Daily Mail

After an acclaimed career in ceramics, Jay herself has cracked. Recovering from a breakdown, she and her husband Simon move to the desolate edges of the north of England, where they find and fall in love with the Two Houses: a crumbling property whose central rooms were supposedly so haunted that a previous owner had them cut out from the building entirely.

But on uprooting their city life and moving to the sheltered grey village of Hestle, Jay and Simon discover it's not only the Two Houses that seems to be haunted by an obscure past. It becomes increasingly clear that the villagers don't want them there at all - and when building work to make the two houses whole again starts, a discovery is made that will unearth decades-old secrets . . .

But who in this village has been hiding them?

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Praise for These Dividing Walls:

'Beautifully written' Prima

'Unforgettable' Hannah Rothschild

'Confident and brilliant' Lisa O'Donnell

'Fine writing . . . Cooper's expertly realised characters, both sympathetic and not, have stories interwoven with aplomb' Daily Mail

Biographical Notes

Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London museum.

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  • ISBN: 9781473641570
  • Publication date: 22 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Superbly written and utterly gripping
You'll find yourselves gripping the book as you race towards the thrilling finale
Fran's brilliance lies in her ability to explore the everyday - the seemingly unremarkable lives of individuals. To burrow behind the opposing, uplifting, unpleasant, defiant thoughts of her characters and glimpse the world from a different point of view
Atmospheric
Confident and brilliant
Beautifully written
Superbly written and utterly gripping — Daily Mail
You'll find yourselves gripping the book as you race towards the thrilling finale — East London Guardian
Fran's brilliance lies in her ability to explore the everyday - the seemingly unremarkable lives of individuals. To burrow behind the opposing, uplifting, unpleasant, defiant thoughts of her characters and glimpse the world from a different point of view — The Pool
Atmospheric — Woman's Weekly
Confident and brilliant — Lisa O'Donnell on THESE DIVIDING WALLS
Beautifully written — Nina Pottell on THESE DIVIDING WALLS
Superbly written, utterly gripping and has more than a touch of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca — Daily Mail
Fran's brilliance lies in her ability to explore the everyday - the seemingly unremarkable lives of individuals. To burrow behind the opposing, uplifting, unpleasant, defiant thoughts of her characters and glimpse the world from a different point of view — The Pool
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