Jacket for 'Girlhood'


UK - Quercus
USA - Random House
France - Robert Laffont
Germany - Fischer


By Cat Clarke

Published May 2017



It was my fault that she died.

But her death is not the whole story, and I am not alone.

Girls need to stick together. Even when we are falling apart…


Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her own part in her twin sister’s death –  and she knows noone else will ever really understand.


But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure, loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.


Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity…


A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.