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Private View

by (author) Jean McNeil

McArthur & Company
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
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Ghosts, real and imaginary, haunt the pages of Jean McNeil's new novel, set in the lofts and galleries of the contemporary London art world.A catastrophic event deep in the Central American rain forest has robbed Alex of her innocence, her lover, and her belief in herself. Back in Britain, while she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, she finds herself stalked by ghosts, from other people's pasts, and from present too. Edgy, satirical, beautiful, Jean McNeil's lyrical and introspective style is perfectly suited to a tale of modern Bohemia.

About the author

Jean McNeil, a native of Nova Scotia, has lived in London since 1991. She spent the austral summer of 2005-2006 in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey/Arts Council of England International Fellow to Antarctica, and has since been writer-in-residence in the Falkland Islands, Svalbard and on a scientific expedition to Greenland.

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  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Fiction

Editorial Reviews

"It is a singular pleasure to read McNeil's prose. She has an extraordinary feel for language and on every page she surprises the reader with arresting turns of phrase. . . Private View is a delight to read."

Canada Post

"Jean McNeil writes with a strange mix of irony and dreamy sensuality. . . more a meditation than a narrative, it still manages to satisfy and surprise."

Time Out

"A strong, clear-headed writer brings freshness and vibrancy to [her] characters. . . complicated, nuanced and crackling with cosmopolitanism"

Globe and Mail

"An intelligent, watchful novel."

Irish Times

"Haunting absences lie at the elusive centre of this memorable new novel. . . McNeil casts a sharp and evocative eye on twenty-first-century London. . . a memorable piece of reportage from the psychic spaces of the way we live now."

Times Literary Supplement

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