The Girl On The Page

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Pub Date 24 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2018

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Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider, John Purcell.

Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north west London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself - questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

From ultimate book industry insider, John Purcell, comes a literary page-turner, a ferocious and fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity, and the redemptive power of great literature.

‘Fizzy, ferocious, and ice-pick sharp, packed with wit and heart -- think The Devil Wears Prada by way of Bret Easton Ellis. Gulp it down. Or savor it slowly. Just read it’ – AJ Finn, author of international bestseller The Woman in the Window

'A slick, sharp novel about books and relationships, drenched in delicious insider detail from the book industry. Impossible not to enjoy.' Matt Haig

'In The Girl on the Page, John Purcell triumphs with a scalpel in one hand and his heart in the other. It is a gripping, dark comedy of a novel which eviscerates the cynicism of contemporary publishing while uttering a cri du coeur for what is happening to writers and readers this century. Through this dark comedy - I squealed with laughter, page after page - flash questions about cultural life that Purcell asks but leaves us to ponder.' Blanche d'Alpuget

'A juicy page turner that takes a scalpel to the literary world, written with deep insider intel and a gleeful sense of mischief, The Girl on the Page is a wickedly clever, razor-sharp satire of lust, betrayal and ambition.' Caroline Baum

Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider, John Purcell.

Amy Winston is...


Advance Praise

Fizzy, ferocious, and ice-pick sharp, packed with wit and heart -- think The Devil Wears Prada by way of Bret Easton Ellis. Gulp it down. Or savor it slowly. Just read it’ – AJ Finn, author of international bestseller The Woman in the Window

 

Hilarious and heartbreaking … I know people are going to enjoy this book as much as I did’ – Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child

 

‘So genuine, rich with insider info. Super read’ – Candice Fox, international bestselling author of Redemption Point

 

Fast-paced, clever, funny, seriously thought and talk-provoking’ – Dervla McTiernan, bestselling author of The Ruin

Fizzy, ferocious, and ice-pick sharp, packed with wit and heart -- think The Devil Wears Prada by way of Bret Easton Ellis. Gulp it down. Or savor it slowly. Just read it’ – AJ Finn, author of...


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The Girl on the Page by John Purcell is a behind the scenes look at the world of book publishing. As an avid reader I was looking forward to reading this. I certainly got more than I bargained for and I just loved it all!! Amy Winston is a young, hotshot editor on her way to ruin. She sleeps around, drinks too much and says it like she sees it. She doesn't have to work but she's loves what she does. In order to save her job she is sent to help literary great Helen Owen with her next book. Both women need to deliver to save themselves. In the backstabbing world of publishing they do what they must to survive. There is a lot of drama, sex, emotions and writers in this book. If you love to read you will love this book. Thanks to Harper Collins Publishing Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

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