Close Your Eyes

Author(s): Ewan Morrison

Fiction - Classics

"Close Your Eyes is an astonishing book. It manages to be both clear-eyed and harsh, compassionate and just. It takes us right to the heart of the turbulent social changes that defined our last quarter century and it is a revealing, honest, searing novel about mothers and children, about what it means to be part of a family. The story, the writing, the moral intelligence: all of it is a knock out". (Christopher Tsiolkas, author of The Slap). In 1981 a mother abandoned her child and drove into the night, never to return. Her disappearance was reported in the press as a fatal road accident. Her body was never found. Thirty years later, Rowan has a child of her own. Afflicted by post-natal depression, she is convinced that she'll hurt her daughter unless she unpicks the mystery of her past, buried deep within a commune in the remote highlands of Scotland. Leaving her young family and life in London, she returns to her childhood home to find a failed utopia shrouded in secrecy. And there, with a looming cult leader, among the rites and rituals, the sacraments and ceremonies, is a single postcard dated a week after her mother's death.
As she draws ever closer to the truth about her mother, she fears she might lose even herself.


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Great for fans of Alan Warner's The Stars in the Bright Sky, Maggie O'Farrell, Lionel Shriver and Helen Walsh. Similar titles: The Server by Tim Parks, Arcadia by Lauren Groff, The Revelations by Alex Preston and The Slap by Christopher Tsiolkas.

"Beautiful. Haunting. If Ewan Morrison was a woman, Close Your Eyes would be destined for the Orange Prize shortlist" -- Helen Walsh "A novel that deals with post-natal depression that is both sensitive and unflinchingly honest, Morrison's story explores the bond and limits of motherhood" Stylist "Morrison's most accomplished book yet...a complex, thought-provoking and deeply ambitious book, and one that Morrison, now an exceedingly versatile writer, pulls off triumphantly" -- Malcolm Forbes Glasgow Herald "An insightful tale of a brave new world revisited" -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times "A brave, sensitive, painful novel, Close Your Eyes is an alternative history of the last forty years, an exploration of the damage idealistic, well-intentioned parents can do to their children, and a reminder that it is sometimes the people who are absent who really fill our lives" -- James Robertson

Ewan Morrison is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, winning a Scottish Arts Council Award in 2005. He lives in Glasgow.

General Fields

  • : 9780099565758
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage
  • : August 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 272
  • : Ewan Morrison