The Octopus By Tess Little (Paperback)

The Octopus By Tess Little (Paperback)

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'When [the story] finally enfolds you, its grip is strong and terrible.' Literary Review 'Very intriguing' Heat , Book of the Week There's more than one way to capture a life. When Elspeth arrives at her ex-husband's LA mansion for his 50th birthday party, she's expecting a crowd for the British film director. Instead, there are just seven other guests and Richard's pet octopus, Persephone, watching over them from her tank. Come morning, Richard is dead. In the weeks that follow, each of the guests come under suspicion: the school friend, the studio producer, the actress, the actor, the new boyfriend, the manager, the cinematographer and the ex-wife, Elspeth herself. As stories of Richard's past surface, colliding with Elspeth's memories of their marriage, she begins to question not just who killed Richard, but why these eight guests were invited, and what sort of man would want to trap this mysterious, intelligent creature. From the LA hills to the Norfolk marshes , The Octopus is a stylish exploration of power: the power of memory, the power of perception, the power of one person over another.

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There's more than one way to capture a life.

'When [the story] finally enfolds you, its grip is strong and terrible.' Literary Review

'Very intriguing' Heat, Book of the Week

There's more than one way to capture a life.


When Elspeth arrives at her ex-husband's LA mansion for his 50th birthday party, she's expecting a crowd for the British film director. Instead, there are just seven other guests and Richard's pet octopus, Persephone, watching over them from her tank.

Come morning, Richard is dead.

In the weeks that follow, each of the guests come under suspicion: the school friend, the studio producer, the actress, the actor, the new boyfriend, the manager, the cinematographer and the ex-wife, Elspeth herself. As stories of Richard's past surface, colliding with Elspeth's memories of their marriage, she begins to question not just who killed Richard, but why these eight guests were invited, and what sort of man would want to trap this mysterious, intelligent creature.

From the LA hills to the Norfolk marshes, The Octopus is a stylish exploration of power: the power of memory, the power of perception, the power of one person over another.

About the Author

Tess Little is a writer, historian, and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. She was born in Norwich in 1992 and studied history at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. She is currently working towards her doctorate, on transnational connections in 1970s feminist activism, having spent the last few years interviewing activists and visiting archives across the UK, France, and the US. Her short stories and non-fiction have appeared in Words and Women: Two, The Mays Anthology, The Belleville Park Pages, The White Review, and on posters outside a London tube station.
Contributor:
Tess Little
Imprint:
Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date:
20 Aug 2020
Number of Pages:
304
Binding:
Paperback / softback
ISBN13:
9781529358803

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