Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty’s 2013 tale of a spur-of-the-moment sexual encounter beneath the Houses of Parliament and its tragic consequences, has been named as the escabeche book group’s read for January/February.
The escabeche book group will next meet on Monday February 10th 2014 at 7.30pm and discuss Apple Tree Yard, shortlisted for 2013 Specsavers Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year.
The plot involves Yvonne Carmichael, a geneticist renowned in her field who one day makes the most irrational of decisions. While she is giving evidence to a Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament, she meets a man and has sex with him in the secluded Chapel in the Crypt. It’s the beginning of a reckless liaison, but there is more to her lover than is at first apparent – as Yvonne discovers when the affair spins out of control and leads inexorably to violence.
Apple Tree Yard is described as ‘grown-up, genuinely suspenseful, wonderfully well-constructed, intelligent and provocative’ by The Guardian’s Julie Myerson.
All readers are very welcome to join the group and share their thoughts in a relaxed, informal setting.