The Face of Trespass
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1974
Two years ago, he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived—you could hardly call it living—in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his obsessive thoughts for company.
Be plainer with me; let me know my trespass
By its own visage; if I then deny it,
'Tis none of mine.
(The Winter’s Tale, Act 1 Scene 2)
Two years of loving Drusilla - the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into deception and violence had just begun …
Little Cornwall, the hilly area of north-west Loughton close to Epping Forest, takes its name from Ruth Rendell’s description of the area in The Face of Trespass.2
An Affair in Mind: a 1988 BBC adaptation starring Stephen Dillane and Amanda Donohoe.
Contemporary Reads 3
Patricia Highsmith - Ripley’s Game
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Stephen King - Carrie
James Baldwin - If Beale Street Could Talk
by John le Carré - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Iris Murdoch - The Sacred And Profane Love Machine
Evening Standard, 1974. ↩︎
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