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Helen Grant is a mystery to her daughter. An extrovert with few friends who has sought intimacy in the wrong places; a twice-divorced mother-of-two now living alone surrounded by her memories, Helen (known to her acquaintances as 'Hen') has always haunted Bridget.

Now, Bridget is an academic in her forties. She sees Helen once a year, and considers the problem to be contained. As she looks back on their tumultuous relationship - the performances and small deceptions - she tries to reckon with the cruelties inflicted on both sides. But when Helen makes it clear that she wants more, it seems an old struggle will have to be replayed.

From the prize-winning author of First Love, My Phantoms is a bold, heart-stopping portrayal of a failed familial bond, which brings humour, subtlety and new life to the difficult terrain of mothers and daughters.

©2021 Gwendoline Riley (P)2021 Gwendoline Riley

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Absolutely loved this book.

My Phantoms is as enjoyable a novel as I have read this year, perceptive, funny, heartbreaking, beautifully written and very well performed here. It is a short book but full of moments that will linger in the memory. As far as literature goes, this is the real stuff. I cannot wait to read more Gwendoline Riley’s work.

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Absolutely hated this book.

Solely depressing and frustrating. no likeable characters, felt like a complete waste of time. Read Well by narrator, and that's the only positive i can muster!