Gillespie and I Book Description
From the award-winning author of “The Observations” comes a beautifully conjured and wickedly sharp tale of art and deception in nineteenth-century Scotland.
As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two pet birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie–a talented artist whose life came to a tragic end before he ever achieved the fame and recognition that Harriet maintains he deserved.
In 1888, young Harriet arrives in Glasgow during the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter with Ned, she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives. But when tragedy strikes, culminating in a notorious criminal trial, the certainty of Harriet’s new world rapidly spirals into suspicion and despair.
Infused with rich period detail, shot through with sly humor, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, “Gillespie and I” is an absorbing, atmospheric tale of one young woman’s friendship with a volatile artist and her place in the controversy that consumes him–a tour de force from one of the emerging names of modern fiction. (Amazon)
I barely remember what remarks we exchanged thereafter – simple pleasantries no doubt. We spoke for no more than a few moments. Reading between the lines I gained the impression that the young man was slightly overwhelmed by the grandeur of the occasion. (Audible, Chapter 2)
I’ve only just started listening to Gillespie and I in audio but I am really gelling with the story’s independent narrator and protagonist, Harriet Baxter. Audiobook narrator Anna Bentick is giving a first class performance, just as she did in the audiobook for David Nicholl’s One Day.
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