Gillespie and I

Gillespie and I

A Novel

Book - 2012
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As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two pet birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie--a talented artist whose life came to a tragic end before he ever achieved the fame and recognition that Harriet maintains he deserved. In 1888, young Harriet arrives in Glasgow during the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter with Ned, she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives. But when tragedy strikes, culminating in a notorious criminal trial, the certainty of Harriet's new world rapidly spirals into suspicion and despair.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2012, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062103208
0062103202
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARRIS JANE
Characteristics: xiv, 504 p. : maps ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Gillespie and I

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ontherideau Nov 27, 2015

very detailed descriptions

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uncommonreader
Dec 15, 2013

An elderly woman in 1933 Bloomsbury looks back at her relationship with a family in Glasgow in the 1880s and events at that time which led to a trial, which takes up the second half of the book. It is funny, and Harris has her tongue firmly in her cheek.

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IV27HUjg
Sep 30, 2013

Read only because I am familiar with the settings, but somewhat disappointed with tediousness & redundancy details. Characters are believable, but question the language & behavior of the era suggesting an openness not found historically. Liked the Scots terms/accent efforts. May try other works by Harris. Much too long.

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snarski
Dec 01, 2012

A Scottish-Victorian Fatal Attraction. Reviews of this book all allude to a suspenseful climax, which kept me reading even though the narrator annoyed me to the point where I almost stopped reading. Reflecting back, it's really masterful writing. I'd give this book more than 3 stars if Harriet Baxter wasn't my sister.

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abookandacuppa
Jun 23, 2012

This well written novel about a spinster's relationship with a Glaswegian artist and his family during the late 19th century seems lighthearted in the first pages, but later casts a somewhat ominous tone. I hesitate to elaborate further for I may provide spoilers. This would be a great selection for a book club.

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