As she sits in her Bloomsbury home, with her two birds for company,
elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acquaintance,
nearly four decades previously, with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist
who never achieved the fame she maintains he deserved.
1888, the young, art-loving Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time of
the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter she befriends the
Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives. But
when tragedy strikes - leading to a notorious criminal trial - the
promise and certainties of this world all too rapidly disintegrate into
mystery and deception...
Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her debut novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and she was also shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year and the South Bank Show Times Breakthrough Award. She lives in London with her husband Tom.