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The Observations ❮Download❯ ➵ The Observations Author Jane Harris – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A Powerful Story Of Secrets And Suspicions, Hidden Histories And Mysterious Disappearances Set In Victorian ScotlandScotland, In An Attempt To Escape Her Not So Innocent Past In Glasgow, Bessy Buckle A Powerful Story Of Secrets And Suspicions, Hidden Histories And The Observations Kindle - Mysterious Disappearances Set In Victorian ScotlandScotland,In An Attempt To Escape Her Not So Innocent Past In Glasgow, Bessy Buckley A Wide Eyed And Feisty Young Irish Girl Takes A Job As A Maid In A Big House Outside Edinburgh Working For The Beautiful Arabella The Missus Bessy Lacks The Necessary Scullery Skills For Her New Position, But As She Finds Out, It Is Her Ability To read And Write That Makes Her Such A Desirable Property Bessy Is Intrigued By Her New Employer But Puzzled By Her Increasingly Strange Requests And Her Insistence That Bessy Keep A Journal Of Her Mundane Chores And Most Intimate Thoughts And It Seems That The Missus Has A Few Secrets Of Her Own, Including Her Near Obsessive Affection For Nora, A Former Maid Who Died In Mysterious Circumstances Giving In To Her Curiosity, Bessy Makes An Infuriating Discovery And, Out Of Jealousy, Concocts A Childish Prank That Backfires And Threatens To Jeopardize All That She Has Come To Hold Dear Yet Even When Caught Up In A Tangle Of Madness, Ghosts, Sex, And Lies, She Remains Devoted To Arabella But Who Is Really Responsible For What Happened To Her Predecessor Nora As Her Past Threatens To Catch Up With Her And Raise The Stakes Even Further, Bessy Begins To Realize That She Has Not Quite Landed On Her Feet The Observations Is A Brilliantly original, Endlessly Intriguing Story Of One Woman S Journey From A Difficult Past Into An Even Disturbing Present, Narrated By One Of The Most Vividly Imagined Heroines In Recent Fiction This Powerful Story Of Secrets And Suspicions, Hidden Histories And Mysterious Disappearances Is At Once Compelling And Heart Warming, Showing The Redemptive Power Of Loyalty And Friendship A Hugely Assured And Darkly Funny Debut, The Observations Is Certain To Establish Jane Harris As A Significant New Literary Talent.

    The Observations Kindle Ñ The Observations Kindle - And Feisty Young Irish Girl Takes A Job As A Maid In A Big House Outside Edinburgh Working For The Beautiful Arabella The Missus Bessy Lacks The Necessary Scullery Skills For Her New Position, But As She Finds Out, It Is Her Ability To read And Write That Makes Her Such A Desirable Property Bessy Is Intrigued By Her New Employer But Puzzled By Her Increasingly Strange Requests And Her Insistence That Bessy Keep A Journal Of Her Mundane Chores And Most Intimate Thoughts And It Seems That The Missus Has A Few Secrets Of Her Own, Including Her Near Obsessive Affection For Nora, A Former Maid Who Died In Mysterious Circumstances Giving In To Her Curiosity, Bessy Makes An Infuriating Discovery And, Out Of Jealousy, Concocts A Childish Prank That Backfires And Threatens To Jeopardize All That She Has Come To Hold Dear Yet Even When Caught Up In A Tangle Of Madness, Ghosts, Sex, And Lies, She Remains Devoted To Arabella But Who Is Really Responsible For What Happened To Her Predecessor Nora As Her Past Threatens To Catch Up With Her And Raise The Stakes Even Further, Bessy Begins To Realize That She Has Not Quite Landed On Her Feet The Observations Is A Brilliantly original, Endlessly Intriguing Story Of One Woman S Journey From A Difficult Past Into An Even Disturbing Present, Narrated By One Of The Most Vividly Imagined Heroines In Recent Fiction This Powerful Story Of Secrets And Suspicions, Hidden Histories And Mysterious Disappearances Is At Once Compelling And Heart Warming, Showing The Redemptive Power Of Loyalty And Friendship A Hugely Assured And Darkly Funny Debut, The Observations Is Certain To Establish Jane Harris As A Significant New Literary Talent."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 406 pages
  • The Observations
  • Jane Harris
  • English
  • 11 February 2017
  • 0670037737

About the Author: Jane Harris

There isthan one author with this name in the GR The Observations Kindle - databaseJane Harris was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in Glasgow Her short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written several award winning short films In , she received a Writer s Award from the Arts Council of EnglandShe started writing by accident while living in PortugaThere isthan one author with this name in the GR databaseJane Harris was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in Glasgow Her short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written several award winning short films In , she received a Writer s Award from the Arts Council of EnglandShe started writing by accident while living in Portugal in the early Nineties She says, I had no TV, hardly any books, no money And so, just to amuse myself, I started writing a short story It was about an ex boyfriend who happened to be a transvestite I had such a great time writing that story that I immediately wrote another one, about another ex boyfriend all my early stories were about ex boyfriends I kept writing these stories and they were getting published in anthologies and magazines By this time, I had moved back to Scotland, having decided that I wanted to be a writer She studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia, and then became writer in residence in Durham prison It was there that she began her first novel, structured as a set of short stories One of these short pieces was about a farmer poet and a girl he acquires songs from However, Harris says that as soon as she invented the voice of the girl, Bessy started taking over and she ended up ditching the farmer and focusing on Bessy and Missus the woman who employs her as a maidThe project ground to a halt at about , words when Harris started to write short scripts for her husband, film director Tom Shankland two films, Going Down and Bait , were nominated for Bafta awards When she rediscovered her novel in a box in the attic in she says that she couldn t believe she had abandoned Bessy She sent the first pages to publishers, and a bidding war took place between Faber, Fourth Estate and Hodder for UK rights The Observations was published by Faber Faber UK and Viking USA in hardcover in .



10 thoughts on “The Observations

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    The Modern Victorian Novel a Scrummy dish for All the FamilyIngredients cup Wilkie Collins3 oz finely ground Sarah Waters2 oz Crimson Petals and Whites1 lunatic asylum1 Railway disaster or if not available, a Coal Mine Explosion will do3 or 4 Drunks and Uncouth PersonsA fresh bunch of Scullery Maids and Servants1 Master1 Mistress1 Rambling Manse2 CrowdsA large bag of hard luck5 teaspoons of child prostitution2 oz grated Freudianism3 lb meaningful dreamsUndercurrents of Lesbianism to tasteAs m The Modern Victorian Novel a Scrummy dish for All the FamilyIngredients cup Wilkie Collins3 oz finely ground Sarah Waters2 oz Crimson Petals and Whites1 lunatic asylum1 Railway disaster or if not available, a Coal Mine Explosion will do3 or 4 Drunks and Uncouth PersonsA fresh bunch of ...

  2. Morgannah Morgannah says:

    Vic Lit anyone This term pertains to contemporary novels which set out to mimic Victorian Literature While for the most part I usually find this genre to be lackluster and boring, The Observations by Jane Harris is a wonderful tale that contains both substance and story Set in 1863, our tale is narrated by Bessy Buckley, a 15 year old on the run from a dubious past in Glasgow She drifts into a job as maid to Arabella Reid, the mistress of an estate outside Edinburgh Bessy is requested to Vic Lit anyone This term pertains to contemporary novels which set out to mimic Victorian Literature While for the most part I usually find this genre to be lackluster and boring, The Observations by Jane Harris is a wonderful tale that contains both substance and story Set in 1863, our tale is narrated by Bessy Buckley, a 15 year old on the run from a dubious past in Glasgow She drifts into a job as maid to Arabella Reid, the mistress of an estate outside Edinburgh Bessy is requested to perform a series of bewildering tasks, but quickly becomes entranced by the eccentric and engaging Arabella There is a slightly sapphic connection between the two although any mention of such would not be lady like Since I am indeed a lady I will no...

  3. Ova Incekaraoglu Ova Incekaraoglu says:

    This was quite an interesting read The story started terribly exciting and promising but the second half was a bit disappointing Maybe because I expected a surprise ending, found it a bit predictable Still a great, gripping book but do n...

  4. Michael Michael says:

    Review from BadelyngeThe heroine, and faithful scribe, of this tale is one Bessy Buckley, or so she introduces herself She s a young Irish girl, running away from a mother who has ruthlessly exploited her from an early age She arrives at a ramshackle mansion, somewhere near Edinburgh, where she is taken on as a housemaid by the mistress of the house, Arabella Reid The missus as she calls her soon has young Bessy confused and bewildered by a succession of seemingly random and mostly pointles Review from BadelyngeThe heroine, and faithful scribe, of this tale is one Bessy Buckley, or so she introduces herself She s a young Irish girl, running away from a mother who has ruthlessly exploited her from an early age She arrives at a ramshackle mansion, somewhere near Edinburgh, where she is taken on as a housemaid by the mistress of the house, Arabella Reid The missus as she calls her soon has young Bessy confused and bewildered by a succession of seemingly random and mostly pointless requests And every night she must write an account of the day s events along with her inner thoughts Despite all this Bessy develops a fierce loyalty for her mistress and then she finds out, ...

  5. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    I LOVED Bessy, the narrator of this novel What a character Very gutsy, very outspoken, honest, and to top it all off, she has a sense of humor The novel itself had an entertaining, mysterious plot What seems to be irrelevant and unrelated happenings actually ends up being tied together in a bow by the end of the book It did, however, have a rough beginning The narration is shoddy and difficult to read at first The reason is explained at the end and the reader actually realizes how very ap I LOVED Bessy, the narrator of this novel What a character Very gutsy, very outspoken, honest, and to top it all off, she has a sense of humor The novel itself had an entertaining, mysterious plot What seems to be irrelevant and unrelated happenings actually ends up...

  6. Dagio_maya Dagio_maya says:

    1863 Terra del Diavolo Bessy si sta allontanando da Glasgow con un unico obiettivo arrivare ad Edinmburgo e mettersi a servizio al castello reale Strada facendo, per , vede un cartello che indica il Castello di ...

  7. Joseph Joseph says:

    3.5 Scotland, 1863 An Irish young woman with a dubious past is unexpectedly taken on as a maid at a Scottish estate The lady of the house has haunting secrets of her own, secrets whose consequences could lead to tragedy Sounds like the typical Neo Victorian novel which has become so popular since the likes of Sarah Waters and Michel Faber burst on the scene And in my ways it is But unlike lesser imitations of Waters, Jane Harris The Observations has a defining characteristic which sing 3.5 Scotland, 1863 An Irish young woman with a dubious past is unexpectedly taken on as a maid at a Scottish estate The lady of the house has haunting secrets of her own, secrets whose consequences could lead to tragedy Sounds like the typical Neo Victorian novel which has become so popular since the likes of Sarah Waters and Michel Faber burst on the scene And in my ways it is But unlike lesser im...

  8. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Set in the mid 1800 s in a rather dilapidated Scottish manor, related in a Gothic style one would expect this to be a very dark novel Thanks, however, to the wonderfully humorous character Bessie the darkness has great periods of light Her quirky saying and phrases are a joy to ...

  9. Barb Barb says:

    I was born Irish But I mof the Scottish persuasion now Bessy Buckley narrates with a direct, honest and often bawdily descriptive slang She used to be something other than a maid as well Quick on her feet and not one to give herself away unless absolutely necessary, she is starved for love and attention.She meets Mrs Arabella Reid, who is a bit of an intellectual and is at work on an interesting project When the Missus learns that Bessy can read and write she decides to hire her I was born Irish But I mof the Scottish persuasion now Bessy Buckley narrates with a direct, honest and often bawdily descriptive slang She used to be something other than a maid as well Quick on her feet and not one to give herself away unless absolutely necessary, she is starved for love and attention.She meets Mrs Arabella Reid, who is a bit of an intellectual ...

  10. Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth says:

    The Observations is such a delightful read It tells the story of a girl named Bessy who takes a job as a maid of all work in a gloomy country house in Scotland in the mid 1860s.Bessy has a past she would rather forget, and so is grateful for the refuge her mistress Arabella offers her However, she soon comes to realise that not is all as it seems in the house, and that an earlier maid has died in rather mysterious circumstances With na ve optimism, Bessie sets out to find out what happened, a The Observations is such a delightful read It tells the story of a girl named Bessy who takes a job as a maid of all work in a gloomy country house in Scotland in the mid 1860s.Bessy has a past she would rather forget, and so is grateful for the refug...

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