Orph is a strange, silent, friendless young man. Emma meets him when she comes to work at the children’s home where he lives. She offers him a room in her student flat. But there, amid the love affairs and politics of university life, Orph’s alienation only grows deeper, and his lonely course has the most desperate of consequences.
“Compelling … an admirable first novel”
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Jane Rogers has written eight novels including Her living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Wroe’s Virgins (Guardian Fiction Prize runner-up), Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Novel Award), Island (Orange long-listed), and The Voyage Home. She has written drama for radio and TV, including an award-winning adaptation of Mr Wroe’s Virgins for BBC2. Her radio work includes both original drama and Classic Serial adaptations. She has taught writing at the University of Adelaide, Paris Sorbonne IV, and on a radio-writing project in Eastern Uganda. She is Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Jane lives on the edge of the moors in Lancashire.