A Petrol Scented Spring

By Ajay Close

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Arabella Scott, suffragette and hunger striker, is held in solitary confinement for five weeks, force-fed by the prison doctor, Hugh Ferguson Watson. Two years later, his wife, Donella, is trapped in a sexless marriage with a man haunted by the past.

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'I still don't know whether he was done for before we met, whether his heart was already claimed, or smashed. Whether the love story pieced together in these pages is mine, or hers.' The day after her wedding, Donella Ferguson Watson wakes up shackled to a man haunted by the past. The lonely days become weeks, months. Her husband Hugh, a prison doctor, will offer no explanation for their sexless marriage. She comes to suspect the answer lies with a hungerstriking suffragette who was force fed and held in solitary confinement. But what really happened between Hugh and his prisoner patient? A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women's emancipation.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 17 Sep 2015
ISBN 9781910124611
Number of Pages 350

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'Intensely observant and articulate, packed with life.' John Le Carre 'Ajay Close makes you glad to be alive and living now.' Fay Weldon 'Holds a deserved place in the Pantheon of Scotland's exciting contemporary novelists.' Val McDermid

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