From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
1916. Pretty Eithne Clay runs a ramshackle South London boarding house with the help of her teenage son, Ralph, and their maid, Winnie. Struggling to keep herself, her lodgers, and her son going as every day life vanishes in the face of war, Eithne’s world is transformed by the arrival of Mr Turk, the virile, carnal, carnivorous local butcher who falls passionately in love with her. As the house bursts to life with the electricity – metaphorical and real – he brings, dark secrets come to light…
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From the first perfect sentence this novel is a gem. Its pared sentences and vocabulary really capture the time - Evening Standard
The Moggacch miracle continues- here's another vivid, gripping yarn from the author of Tulip Fever... with a plot as twisty as a mountain road - The Times
This wartime novel of ordinary Londoners is atmospheric and buzzing with electricity... a spirited portrait of lives thrown into turmoil by the Great War - Daily Express
Like the recent novels by Ian McEwan and Sarah Waters, In the Dark successfully modernises the past. By focusing on life's murkier undercurrents... the characters come to seem appealingly familiar - Sunday Times
A thoughtful diligent writer - Sunday Telegraph
Deborah Moggach's affection for her compex, damaged characters shines through the dark setting in this tender, funny and unsettling book - The Gloss
The details of life in an Edwardian household are researched to perfection - Scotland on Sunday
The great joy of this tender little novel is Deborah Moggach's sensory imagination - Guardian
The characterisation is superb, Moggach has brilliantly resurrected a world of genteel penury and intense, furtive sex, and the book exudes quiet excellence - Mail on Sunday
Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels including Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a top-grossing film starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.