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First published in 1983, the remarkable study of five Victorian writers' relationships has been reprinted in a new edition by Daunt Books.
In Maryam, O’Brien has created a character both archetypal and individual: narrator of her own story and repository of others’.
While this novel is firmly rooted in reality, it glories in false identities, untrue facts and surreal contradictions.
Sara Baume’s sympathy for her “wonkety” characters is infectious, and turns this portrait of an unusual friendship into something beautiful.