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The Other Mrs Walker

Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Summary

A mysterious and entrancing story, The Other Mrs Walker is the compelling debut from Mary Paulson-Ellis.

Somehow she'd always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name....

In a freezing, desolate Edinburgh flat, an old woman takes her last breath surrounded by the few objects she has accrued over a lifetime: an emerald dress, a brazil nut engraved with the Ten Commandments - and six orange pips sucked dry.

Meanwhile, guided by the flip of a coin, Margaret Penny arrives back at her old family home, escaping a life in London recently turned to ash. Faced with relying on a resentful mother she has never really known, Margaret soon finds herself employed by the Office for Lost People, tasked with finding the families of the dead: the neglected, the abandoned, the lost. Her instructions are to uncover paperwork, yet the only thing Mrs Walker, the old woman in her current case, left behind is a series of peculiar objects.

But in the end it is these objects that will unravel Mrs Walker's real story: a story rooted in London grime and moving from the 1930s to the present day, a story of children abandoned and lost, of beguiling sisters and misplaced mothers, of deception and thievery, family secrets and the very deepest of betrayals; in which the extraordinary circular nature of life will glitter from the page. For in uncovering the astonishing tale of an old woman who died alone, Margaret will finally discover her own story, too....

©2016 Mary Paulson-Ellis (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • barbara
  • angmering, United Kingdom
  • 27-03-16

Didn't want it to end .. Can't wait for next one

This was great .. Such a clever plot . Soo ham Redmond is a great narrator . Id give it more stars if possible .

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Recommend read / listen

Very good book, listened again after read the authors next book. Very cleverly interwoven.
Will look forward to more from Mary Paulson - Ellis.

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This story goes backwards and forwards in time but never really comes to an interesting end.

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Can't even finish it. Worst use of monthly subscription ever. Morose, tedious, joyless... I could go on. Have no interest in finding out what happens. None. None whatsoever.

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I kept waiting for 'something' to happen but it j

sad story, so many lies . it wasn't for me x u suppose I wanted the truth!

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