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384 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781912054350

Rights: US & CA

Fairlight Books (Sep 2021)


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A literary drama and loose reimagining of Great Expectations, unfolding against the changing cultural landscape of the 1970s, '80s and '90s Kit is waiting expectantly for life to begin. Orphaned as a young child, he recoils from his adoptive parents' mundane existence, drawn instead to the bohemian world of his Uncle Col and Col's charismatic wife Marianne. After Kit's adoptive mother suffers a breakdown, he is sent to stay at Erringby, Marianne's rambling family mansion, where, immersed in her hedonistic lifestyle, he becomes increasingly obsessed with his aunt. One particularly debauched summer in 1986, the eighteen-year-old Kit wakes to find himself in bed with Marianne. But what happened? And who is his sudden mysterious benefactor? As Kit grapples with the ramifications of that night and questions his own identity, he, Marianne and Col find their lives spiraling out of control. Unfolding against the changing cultural landscape of the seventies, eighties and nineties, Erringby is a captivating coming-of-age novel with echoes of Great Expectations.


"A novel that plays along fault lines of class, family and sexuality with a cool wit and a compelling, raunchy intelligence. Gill Darling is a writer with a tender touch and a wicked turn of phrase; a winning combination." —Ross Raisin, author of A Natural

"An astonishingly accomplished first novel, a new voice telling a classic tale – richly imagined, cleverly adapted and thoroughly enjoyable." —Ami Rao, author of David and Ameena

"A complex human drama, a beautifully written novel of exquisite poignancy." —Anna South, consultant editor

Author Biography

Gill Darling works as a chartered accountant in the social housing and charity sectors. In 2015 she was selected as a fiction mentee in the Jerwood-Arvon mentoring scheme and was published in their anthology, Whisper the Wrong Name. Erringby is her first novel.