The Trouble With Alice

by Olivia Glazebrook

  • Published: 07 Jun 2012
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Format: Ebook
  • Extent: 256p
  • ISBN: 9781907595646
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A beautifully written story of two people thrown in at the emotional deep end: did they ever really know each other at all?

Kit and Alice are happy, in love and enjoying a luxurious weekend break abroad when the unthinkable happens: their car spins off a mountain road and into an empty desert valley. Their lives are changed in an instant.

The accident shatters their faith in each other and in their relationship. What was decided is now uncertain; what was transparent, opaque.

An unexpected intervention from Kit’s domineering father, Tod, dislodges them further and Alice is deposited at Kit’s mother’s farm in Cornwall to recover. Separated, they seem unable to bridge the widening gap between them.

With poignancy and humour, The Trouble with Alice unwinds the conventions of a love story. It offers a powerful study of estrangement in the aftermath of tragedy but also speaks of compassion, of renewal and ultimately, perhaps, of reconciliation.

“A story that really draws the reader in, with characters that you want to embrace as friends (or as satisfyingly horrible enemies)… Quite deliciously funny and sad.” – Barbara Trapido

“This is a highly accomplished, perfectly paced debut.” – Mail on Sunday

“A wise, humorous and humane novel about the nature of real love.” – The Times

“Olivia Glazebrook is a talented, witty writer with a sharp eye for social observation. I loved her descriptions of five-star hotels and trendy London types.” – Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

“A wise and compelling story from a bold, unflinching new writer.” – Emma Craigie, Chocolate Cake with Hitler

About Olivia Glazebrook

Olivia Glazebrook was born in 1976 and brought up in Dorset. She studied English Literature at University College London and has written as a journalist, screenwriter, film critic and book critic for fifteen years. The Trouble With Alice is her first novel. She lives in West London.