The Orange Room

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Publisher's Synopsis

Can we live fully when we are too afraid to be seen? Rhianne is about to find out

'A writer with a voice as fresh as new paint' The Times


Rhianne expresses her inner world through line and colour. This summer, though, back home in the west country, she is seeking distraction in heat and noise. Art school in London has ripped away her confidence and sense of safety: better for now to be swept along by the hotel kitchen where she's working, where the pressure is high and the dangers are more obvious. Sharp knives. Hot plates. Little time to think.

Her dad, Dominic, is concerned for Rhianne but relieved to have her close. Her step-mum, Melissa, is on alert, though trying to tread carefully. But then there's Callum, just across the chef's pass, with his controlled manner and intent gaze. There's attraction. There's everything that comes next.

From the acclaimed author of What Red Was, The Orange Room is about the narrow line between passion and control, and an insidious kind of violence that is difficult to name. Asking what it means to see clearly, and what courage it takes to be seen, it is the story of a tenacious young woman who - through her art, her strength, her determination - finds her way back to herself.

Praise for What Red Was:
'One of the most powerful debuts you'll ever read' Stylist
'Scorching and original' Sunday Times
'An urgent story told beautifully' - Dolly Alderton

Book information

ISBN: 9781787304093
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Pub date:
Edition: Hardback original
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6577
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 370g
Height: 223mm
Width: 144mm
Spine width: 24mm