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The Young Accomplice


In a quiet Surrey village sits Leventree, an architectural practice set up by idealistic couple Florence and Arthur Mayhood, offering apprenticeships to young offenders after their release. Motivated by his own memories of Borstal, Arthur aims to mentor young adults with a troubled upbringing and give them opportunities to succeed. Their first protégées are siblings, Joyce and Charlie Savigear, who quickly settle in; but when a dangerous figure from Joyce’s past comes knocking, the Mayhoods’ earnest hopes of doing good turn tragic. Forced into betrayal, Joyce must make a decision that will change her brother’s life and threaten everything the Mayhoods have been trying to build.

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‘Britain’s answer to Donna Tartt’ Sunday Times

‘A huge talent’ Hilary Mantel

‘Was this how it was going to be for ever? Wrapping things for customers in womenswear, no conversation. Polishing the counters so her face reflected in the brass and sweeping floors at closing time until the boss said she could leave. How much worse off would she be if she went driving with a stranger for a while?’

When sixteen-year-old Joyce Savigear absconds from work to go out with a man she barely knows, she hopes a new, exciting life is just beginning.

But, two years later, she is waiting on a railway station in the tranquil English countryside. It’s the summer of 1952 and she and her younger brother Charlie have just been released from borstal. Another fresh start awaits – but can Joyce ever outrun the darkness of her past?

‘What a writer’ Richard Osman

‘An involving tale of revenge and responsibility, which, while it devastates, also tells us that new lives can be built among the ashes’ FT

The Young Accomplice shows the difference between a book that slides down the surface of things, and one that digs its claws into you and sticks there’ The Times

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Additional information

Weight 0.255 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm









1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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