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‘Hugely readable and profoundly important … Perry’s masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century’ — The Observer

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE

OBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018

‘Beautiful, devastating, brilliant’ — Marian Keyes

‘Astonishingly dark … exquisitely balanced’ — Francis Spufford

‘Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy’ — Susan Hill

‘Mythic, ominous and sensitively human’ — Frances Hardinge

‘Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising’ — Melissa Harrison

‘Striking and brave … moving and terribly beautiful’ — Sam Guglani

Oh my friend, won’t you take my hand – I’ve been so lonely!  One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin meets her friend Karel on the street. Agitated and enthralled, he tells her he has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with personal testimonies that take them from 17th-century England to wartime Czechoslovakia, the tropical streets of Manila, and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing an unforgettable message.

Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.