Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Justine is a painting, a doppelgänger and a woman of beguiling beauty. Set in contemporary London, Justine is a story of a man’s obsession with a woman – or is it two women? For Justine has a twin sister Juliette, and as the story unfolds, the opium-dazed narrator becomes increasingly unsure as to the identity of the woman he desires.
‘A lot of flagellation and a matching literary-exquisite style’ —Fay Weldon
‘A lush, erotic teasing mystery’ —The Bookseller
‘Angela Carter crossed with the Scottish diffidence of Muriel Spark and Emma Tennant … a faultless performance of a first novel’ —The Scotsman
‘Beautifully spare, very visual writing … with its own sly, soft sympathetic elegance’ —The Observer
‘And enthuse we must. This is an extraordinarily accomplished book, sharp, focused, highly intelligent’ —The Glasgow Herald
‘So skilfully crafted, its atmosphere so ominous, its end so chilling’ —The Daily Telegraph