About this book
The extraordinary new novel from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of "When We Were Bad". 16 year-old Marina realises she's made a terrible mistake when she arrives at Combe Abbey, a traditional English public school for which her family have sacrificed everything. As a semi-Hungarian Londoner, she struggles to find her identity; and her mother, an alien in this strange universe, has her own painful secrets to deal with. She certainly isn't noticing that things at Combe Abbey are starting to go terribly wrong.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013: the extraordinary, warm and witty novel from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of When We Were Bad