Tom Vowler

  • Anglais What Lies Within

    Tom Vowler

    A tightly spun, atmospheric and powerful psychological suspense. Living in a remote Devon farmhouse, Anna and her family have always been close to nature, surrounded by the haunting beauty of the moor. But when a convict escapes from nearby Dartmoor prison, their isolation suddenly begins to feel more claustrophobic than free. Fearing for her children's safety, Anna's behaviour becomes increasingly irrational. But why is she so distant from her kind husband Robert, and why does she suspect something sinister of her son Paul? All teenagers have their difficult phases... Meanwhile, a young idealistic teacher has just started her first job, determined to 'make a difference'. But when she is brutally attacked by one of her students, her version of events is doubted by even those closest to her. Struggling to deal with the terrible consequences, she does what she can to move on and start afresh. As the two narratives converge, the tension builds to a devastating denouement, shattering everything you thought you believed about nature, nurture and the true meaning of family.

  • L'ombre du passé

    Tom Vowler

    Anna et sa famille, qui ont toujours été proches de la nature, vivent dans une ancienne ferme isolée du Devon, au coeur de la lande et de sa beauté envoûtante. Cependant, quand un détenu s'échappe de la prison de Dartmoor, à quelques kilomètres de là, cet endroit reculé qui était symbole de liberté ressemble de plus en plus à un enfermement. Le comportement d'Anna, qui s'inquiète pour ses enfants, devient de plus en plus incompréhensible. Pourquoi est-elle si distante avec Robert, son gentil mari, et pourquoi soupçonne-t-elle quelque chose de mauvais chez son fils? Tous les adolescents ne traversent-ils pas une mauvaise passe ? Pendant ce temps, une jeune prof idéaliste vient de prendre son premier poste dans un lycée, bien décidée à « faire la différence ». Mais quand elle est agressée par l'un de ses étudiants, sa version des faits est mise en doute même par ses proches. Il lui faut alors se battre pour dépasser les terribles conséquences de cette agression et commencer une nouvelle vie. Traduit de l'anglais par Christel Paris

  • Winner of the 2011 Edge Hill Readers PrizeThe characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot. They discover the past is not a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences.A writer takes his research a little too far; a couple, stricken with guilt and grief, prepare a last meal; a group of swingers is rocked by the arrival of a new couple; a man takes a train journey to learn how to kill again; a deformed brother and sister exact revenge half a mile underground; a modern-day messiah astonishes a criminal gang, and a father is forever tormented by the few minutes his back was turned.Its impossible not to connect with these lives and the things that happen to them remaining with you long after reading. Provocative and bold, these stories will get under your skin.

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