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Things We Have in Common

by Tasha Kavanagh

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Things We Have in Common

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016.

A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’ sucks you in whole and refuses to let you go when you finish reading. From the very first page this feels different, Yasmin aged 15 has a major crush on her classmate Alice, we hear Yasmin’s thoughts, as they veer from emotion to emotion. Tasha Kavanagh has created a living, breathing, expressive individual and Yasmin feels intensely alive as she talks with teenage passion. The story builds jagged piece by piece, twisting, penetrating and provocative. This is a book to devour in one sitting, it’s surprisingly creepy and impossible to put down. ~ Liz Robinson

February 2016 Debut of the Month.

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015.

Costa Judges' comment: “An insightful, compellingly-plotted novel about teenage obsession and isolation. An exceptionally assured debut with a captivating voice.”

Liz Robinson

Things We Have in Common Synopsis

Yasmin would give anything to have a friend ...And do anything to keep one. The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades. If you'd glanced just once across the field you'd have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you'd have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You'd have known you'd given yourself away, even if only to me. But you didn't. You only had eyes for Alice.

Things We Have in Common Press Reviews

'The next Gone Girl success story' Independent

'A pitch-black comedy thriller. This is a novel you read half covering your eyes, willing it not to venture where you fear it might. But of course it does, with great panache' Guardian

'Kavanagh's command of raw suspense ensures that it grips from the very beginning' Mail on Sunday

'The most chilling last line you'll read this year' Independent

'A brilliantly twisted coming-of-age tale ... the story chillingly, compulsively unravels' Sunday Express

'Unsettling, deeply moving and very, very readable. I loved it' -- NATHAN FILER author of The Shock of the Fall

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ISBN: 9781782115977
Publication date: 04/02/2016
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782115953
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782115977
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Author: Tasha Kavanagh
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Tasha Kavanagh

Tasha Kavanagh worked in film editing for ten years, on features including Twelve Monkeys, Seven Years in Tibet and The Talented Mr Ripley. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She has published several children's books under her maiden name, Tasha Pym. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family. Things We Have in Common is her first novel and has been shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize.

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