The Hand That First Held Mine

Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell

Adult Fiction

From the best-selling author of The Vanishing of Esme Lennox comes a spellbinding novel that shows there are no accidents, in life and in love.


Frustrated with her parents' genteel country life, Lexie Sinclair plans her escape to London. There, she takes up with Innes Kent, a magazine editor who introduces her to the thrilling, underground world of bohemian, postwar Soho. She learns to be a reporter, comes to know art and artists, and embraces her freedom fully. So when she finds herself pregnant, she doesn't hesitate to have the baby on her own. Later, in present-day London, a young painter named Elina dizzily navigates the first weeks of motherhood and finds she can't remember giving birth, while her boyfriend Ted is flooded with memories and images he cannot place. As their stories unfold--moving in time and changing voice chapter by chapter--a connection between the three of them takes shape that drives the novel towards a tremendous revelation. Praised by The Washington Post as a "breathtaking, heart-breaking creation," The Hand That First Held Mine is a gorgeous and tenderly wrought story about the ways in which love and beauty bind us together.

Product Information

An unforgettable novel of love and motherhood from bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell

Winner of Costa Novel Award 2010. Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Waterstone's UK Author of the Year 2010.

'O'Farrell has a remarkable ability to convey the texture of human emotion with precision' -- Observer 'Like Daphne du Maurier...O'Farrell writes books designed to...bring our most primal fears to the surface' -- Daily Mail 'O'Farrell is a skilful, impassioned writer...engaging and fluent' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Genuinely unputdownable...evidence of her place as one of Britain's most engaging contemporary novelists' -- Literary Review

Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in London. Her debut novel, AFTER YOU'D GONE, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award.

General Fields

  • : 9780755308460
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline
  • : March 2011
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 823/.914
  • : 384
  • : Maggie O'Farrell
  • : Paperback
  • : 1