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  • Published: 28 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241970706
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $30.00

The World Before Us

How Science is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins




A haunting novel about trauma, loss, history and memory - set in a Victorian asylum and a quirky London museum

Jane was fifteen when her life changed for ever. In the woods surrounding a Yorkshire country house, she took her eyes off the little girl she was minding and the girl slipped into the trees - never to be seen again.

Now an adult, Jane is obsessed with another disappearance: that of a young woman who walked out of a Victorian lunatic asylum one day in 1877. As she pieces together moments in history, Jane uncovers a tangled story that has been buried for more than a century, and finally confronts her own past . . .

  • Published: 28 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241970706
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $30.00

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