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Fifty Minutes

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781398715844

Price: £22

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Thought-provoking and honest – Winnie Li, author of COMPLICIT

A page-turner that exposes the darker parts of our relationships with authority – Louise Dean, author of BECOMING STRANGERS

Gorgeously written… Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down – Tasha Coryell, author of LOVE LETTERS TO A SERIAL KILLER

A riveting study of power and control… a brilliant debut – Louisa Reid, author of THE POET

Taut, intelligent… Keeps the reader on their toes in the best way – Kate Riordan, author of THE HEATWAVE

Therapy was meant to solve her problems, not make them worse…


Twenty-year-old Dani is desperate to overcome her demons, leave her dead-end job and return to her hard-won place at university. Using her limited earnings, she decides to start seeing a psychotherapist.

Richard Goode is educated, sophisticated and worldly-everything Dani aspires to be. As he intuitively unpicks her self-loathing, Dani assumes the fantasies she’s developing about him live only in her head. That is, until things take a shocking turn…

Descending into a maelstrom of twisted desire, manipulation and mistrust, the power struggle between Dani and Richard escalates until she’s forced to make a decision she never would have anticipated.

Fifty Minutes is a propulsive and bold debut that marks Carla Jenkins as a vital new voice in fiction.

Reviews

Fifty Minutes is a gorgeously written novel that alternates between the places of deepest despair and hopefulness. The book's greatest strength lies in how adeptly it reveals the physical, financial, and emotion toll of eating disorder recovery and how difficult it can be to seek out help. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
Tasha Coryell, author of Love Letters to a Serial Killer
A riveting study of power and control; FIFTY MINUTES is a brilliant debut.
Louisa Reid, author of The Poet
Thought-provoking and honest, FIFTY MINUTES reels you in, telling of a young woman' s journey to overcome the demons of bulimia and self-loathing, those who would take advantage of her, and her ability to discover her inner strength, despite the obstacles. We cheer Dani on as she encounters the small human kindnesses and cruelties in life, hoping she will find her way.
Winnie Li, author of COMPLICIT
Fifty Minutes is a gorgeously written novel that alternates between the places of deepest despair and hopefulness. The book's greatest strength lies in how adeptly it reveals the physical, financial, and emotion toll of eating disorder recovery and how difficult it can be to seek out help. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
Tasha Coryell, author of LOVE LETTERS TO A SERIAL KILLER
A riveting study of power and control; FIFTY MINUTES is a brilliant debut.
Louisa Reid, author of THE POET
This taut, intelligent novel keeps the reader on their toes in the best way. I was gripped from the very first power struggle between a troubled woman and her manipulative therapist.
Kate Riordan, author of THE HEATWAVE
Powerful. An unputdownable pageturner. The power dynamics afoot in this taut and skilfully executed novel grip you from the start. Subtly nuanced but deadly, the conversations belie a dangerous cut and thrust that lurches uncertainly towards the abuse of trust. But nothing is quite what it seems here. Have these two people, apparently from different sides of the track, in fact met their match? Far more than being a novel that explores the powerplay of the therapeutic setting, Fifty Minutes is a pageturner that exposes the darker parts of our relationships with authority. When is kind not so kind? What does it mean to buy 'help'? Who can we trust? A powerful novel, so skilfully wrought, you won't be able to put it down.
Louise Dean, author of BECOMING STRANGERS