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The author of the book: Jane Harris
Date of issue: January 25th 2012
ISBN: 886559070X
ISBN 13: 9788865590706
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.19 MB
Edition: Beat

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In un giorno del 1863, nella Terra del Diavolo, il pezzo di Scozia che unisce Glasgow a Edimburgo, Bessy entra a servizio in una magnifica casa. Lavare, cucinare, battere i tappeti e fare il tè, accendere i camini tutte le mattine, pulire la cucina e tenerla accesa, lucidare gli stivali e svuotare il pitale della padrona e del marito sono compiti faticosi, ma Bessy ora ha un tetto sulla testa e la pancia piena. Perché, però, Arabella, la padrona di casa, con gli occhi che le brillavano, le ha messo in mano un libretto con una copertina di cartone e le ha ingiunto di scriverci dentro tutte le sue osservazioni mattina e sera? E che cosa è successo veramente a Nora, la ragazza che era prima a servizio, morta in circostanze misteriose?
Segreti e sospetti, verità nascoste e palpiti del cuore in un'opera che ha rivelato un nuovo grande talento del romanzo storico, Jane Harris, una scrittrice capace come pochi di narrare della forza inarrestabile delle passioni.

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Jane Harris was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in Glasgow. Her short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written several award-winning short films. In 2000, she received a Writer's Award from the Arts Council of England.

She started writing by accident while living in Portugal in the early Nineties. She says, "I had no TV, hardly any books, no money. And so, just to amuse myself, I started writing a short story. It was about an ex-boyfriend who happened to be a transvestite. I had such a great time writing that story that I immediately wrote another one, about another ex-boyfriend; all my early stories were about ex-boyfriends. I kept writing these stories and they were getting published in anthologies and magazines. By this time, I had moved back to Scotland, having decided that I wanted to be a writer."

She studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia, and then became writer-in-residence in Durham prison. It was there that she began her first novel, structured as a set of short stories. One of these short pieces was about a farmer-poet and a girl he acquires songs from. However, Harris says that as soon as she invented the voice of the girl, Bessy started taking over and she ended up ditching the farmer and focusing on Bessy and "Missus" - the woman who employs her as a maid.

The project ground to a halt at about 10,000 words when Harris started to write short scripts for her husband, film director Tom Shankland; two films, Going Down (2000) and Bait (1999), were nominated for Bafta awards. When she rediscovered her novel in a box in the attic in 2003 she says that she couldn't believe she had abandoned Bessy. She sent the first 100 pages to publishers, and a bidding war took place between Faber, Fourth Estate and Hodder for UK rights. The Observations was published by Faber & Faber (UK) and Viking (USA) in hardcover in 2006.


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