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Pharos: A Ghost Storyby Alice Thompson
Synopses & Reviews
Set in the early nineteenth century, Pharos is a dazzling ghost story from an award-winning author.
A young woman is washed up on the shores of Jacob's Rock, a remote lighthouse island off the coast of Scotland. She does not know who she is or how she got there. She has no memory. The keeper of the lighthouse and his assistant take her in and feed and clothe her. But this mysterious woman is not all that she seems, and neither is the remote and wind-swept island.
Eerily reminiscent of Turn of the Screw and The Others, Pharos is a breathless tale of the supernatural.
"A genuinely eerie tale, in a perfect setting and told with just the right amount of ambiguity." Kirkus Reviews
"A gaudy gothic music video of a novella that whirls with weirdness and doesn't make a lick of sense....But because Pharos is as short as it is, and as energetic as it is...I sort of liked it. Admired it, even." Stephen King, Boston Globe
"Thompson deftly weaves all these lives together to create a complex portrait of a man tortured by both duty and demons....The spooky setting creates a perfect nest for evil and Thompson adds a last little bit of intrigue..." Providence Journal
"A haunting, powerful story of ghosts and enslavement. I read it in one sitting." Ali Smith, Booker and Orange shortlisted author of Hotel World
"An extraordinary work...Thompson's unrelenting intellect and distinctive imaginnation is once again at the helm of Scotland's bravest writing." Scotland on Sunday
"Highly enticing." The Bookseller (UK)
"Ingenious...Pharos rejects the classic ghost story, for an impressively disorieentating opening out of its generic rules." Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Alice Thompson's first novel, Justine, was joint winner (with Graham Swift) of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. For her second novel, Pandora's Box, she was shortlisted for the Stakis Scottish Writer of the Year. She has been Writer in Residence for the Shetland Isles and for St. Andrews University. In 2000 she won a Creative Scotland Award. Her work has been translated into six languages. She lives in Edinburgh.
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