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I close my eyes very slowly, as if I’m bringing the shutters down on the whole of my life until this moment. There is not a sound from the court……

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Apple Tree Yard By Louise Doughty

I close my eyes very slowly, as if I’m bringing the shutters down on the whole of my life until this moment. There is not a sound from the court… I will keep my eyes closed for a moment or two, to absorb all this, to attempt to calm my ragged breathing and buy myself a few more seconds, but time has slipped from us like water through our fingers and there is none of it left, not one moment: it’s over.

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him - a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can't control what happens next.

All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman's adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

‘Once you start you can't stop reading. Terrific.’ – Helen Dunmore



Amazon Editorial Reviews for : Apple Tree Yard

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2014: A 52-year-old woman begins an affair with a mysterious man she meets by chance, and soon both she and the lover are on trial for murder. How does such a thing happen to a married woman of maturity and gravitas, a renowned scientist whose first encounter with her lover took place in the halls of Parliament, where she had just testified before a government committee? In this masterful novel by British journalist/novelist/playwright Louise Doughty, every page builds the case that it’s often the smartest among us who invent the most unreliable stories about ourselves, and how it’s possible–likely, even–for essentially good solid people to do bad and stupid things. Less about torturous plot twists than slow, dawning revelations–and mercifully short on moralizing–this intelligent, sexy, grown-up thriller explores the power of desire and its consequences. —Sara Nelson

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