Jacket for 'Special'


UK - Picador
US - Houghton Mifflin
Germany - Droemer
Netherlands - Contact
Italy - Einaudi
Croatia - AGM Publishing

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By Bella Bathurst

Published Jan 2010

A group of teenaged schoolgirls and their teachers are in the Forest of Dean for a post-exam activity break. Between the compulsory bouts of walks, gym, swimming and cycling, the girls discover that the nearby town offers the illicit thrills of drink and drugs and sex. But although they have been classmates for years, they have never before been quite so dangerously close.

Written with a merciless clarity and startling insight, Special is a chilling and revealing novel about the world of adolescent girls; a hall of mirrors where the shape of the everyday can, without warning, become suddenly monstrous.