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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

‘If you like your novels wide-ranging, ambitious, socially panoramic, and engaged in the most important issues of the day, Amanda Craig is the writer for you. For more than twenty years now she has been anatomising the state of the British nation with wit and empathy’ Jonathan Coe

‘She’s such a skilful storyteller who vividly dramatises our lives with wit, wisdom and compassion’ Bernardine Evaristo


When Hannah is invited into the First-Class carriage of the London to Penzance train by Jinni, she walks into a spider’s web. Now a poor young single mother, Hannah once escaped Cornwall to go to university. But once she married Jake and had his child, her dreams were crushed into bitter disillusion. Her husband has left her for Eve, rich and childless, and Hannah has been surviving by becoming a cleaner in London. Jinni is equally angry and bitter, and in the course of their journey the two women agree to murder each other’s husbands. After all, they are strangers on a train – who could possibly connect them?

But when Hannah goes to Jinni’s husband’s home the next night, she finds Stan, a huge, hairy, ugly drunk who has his own problems – not least the care of a half-ruined house and garden. He claims Jinni is a very different person to the one who has persuaded Hannah to commit a terrible crime. Who is telling the truth – and who is the real victim?

The Times – Books for 2020

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Observer – Fiction to look out for in 2020, Alex Preston: ‘The Golden Rule does what her novels do best, wrapping the reader in a tight, lean narrative, showing the strangeness that lies at the heart of normal-seeming lives’

Daily Mail – 2020 Top Pick, Stephanie Cross: ‘Craig’s The Golden Rule promises to be a typically sharp and hugely satisfying page-turner about two women who decide to murder each other’s husbands’

i paper – ‘If there were any justice, the versatile Craig would be one of our most lauded novelists. Her eighth novel [The Golden Rule] takes inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train to spin a story of deception and deceit’

New Statesman – Books for 2020

Financial Times – Books for 2020 ‘shrewd contemporary satirist Amanda Craig reworks Strangers on a Train’



Praise for Amanda Craig

‘Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny’ India Knight
‘As satisfying a novel as I have read in years’ Sarah Perry
‘Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain’ Alison Lurie
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 2nd July 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781405543163

Reviews

If you like your novels wide-ranging, ambitious, socially panoramic, and engaged in the most important issues of the day, Amanda Craig is the writer for you. For more than twenty years now she has been anatomising the state of the British nation with wit and empathy
Jonathan Coe
Strangers on a Train meets #MeToo
Sunday Times
She's such a skilful storyteller who vividly dramatises our lives with wit, wisdom and compassion
Bernardine Evaristo
If there were any justice, the versatile Craig would be one of our most lauded novelists
The i
The Golden Rule does what her novels do best, wrapping the reader in a tight, lean narrative, showing the strangeness that lies at the heart of normal-seeming lives
Alex Preston, Observer
Craig's The Golden Rule promises to be a typically sharp and hugely satisfying page-turner about two women who decide to murder each other's husbands
Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
Evening reading that I looked forward to for days. Such a strong narrative, constantly taking you by surprise, persuasive setting . . . very much a novel of our times
Penelope Lively
Clever and compelling, The Golden Rule is a modern mash-up of Rebecca and Strangers on a Train
Red
Such an interesting read! . . . A story of lies - and learning that people aren't always who they appear to be
Nina Pottell, Prima
We reckon this cracker of a novel about the "haves" and the "have-nots" will whip you into a page-turning frenzy
Sunday Post
Amanda Craig's ninth novel has all the elements of an irresistible summer read: a rollicking plot, a heroine who is more than a match for anything the author throws at her and meaty social issues
Guardian Book of the Day
Perceptive and wise, particularly on the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor
Independent
The plot becomes so gripping - the sort of story where you want to pull the heroine out of the pages away from danger . . . What could be more fun than a book like this?
John Self, The Times
A pacy state-of-the-nation drama that tackles issues from domestic abuse to workplace harassment, gentrification to the gig economy
Madeleine Feeny, Mail on Sunday
A highly enjoyable story about female resilience and finding fulfilment on your own terms, with a twist that is all the more compelling for its unexpectedness
Mika Ross-Southall, Sunday Times
Offering wit, compassion and philosophical stimulation . . . Craig is a state-of-the-nation writer, and there is plenty to chew on in her 10th book: here is a Britain divided along many lines, class, region and Brexit among them. The novel is tirelessly socially engaged
Hephzibah Anderson, Obserber
a sharp satire, an intriguing mystery and a touching romance, but it is also a timely reminder of the importance of fairy tales, myths and legends - both those found in books and played on consoles - to our understanding of ourselves. Here's hoping that it brings Craig the acclaim she so richly deserves
Sarah Hughes, The i
Craig is an acute and passionate observer of society in both town and country, and among rich and poor. She is harrowingly good at portraying the corrosive effects of poverty, particularly on vulnerable women with children to protect. Her prose is a delight . . . it's the power of story that gives this novel its depth: you do not need to dig far to find traces of Beauty and the Beast and Eros and Psyche, as well as the unsettling influence of Highsmith. Best of all, Craig has the knack of creating interesting characters and of making one care about what lies in store for them. If you can do that, nothing else really matters
Andrew Taylor, Spectator
Addictive . . . a wide-ranging, incisive portrait of contemporary Britain
Independent
The perfect read for a summer staycation, Craig's latest combines Strangers on a Train with Beauty and the Beast for a page-turning tale of lies, deception and possible murder
The i
Perceptive and wise, particularly on the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor
Emma Lee-Potter, Independent