“It’s the gothic mess that first grabs you in Little Egypt. There are beautiful descriptions of a house going to ruin, of decades’ of detritus piling up, of lives falling apart, fragmenting and closing in. Next comes the gripping story, the tomb-shadows and the moments of shock, horror and shame. But what most lingers afterwards is tragedy: the dignified pain of the narrator and her extraordinary truce with fate. It is wonderful and moving storytelling.”
Sam Jordison, journalist, publisher and writer
Little Egypt was once a well-to-do country house in the north of England. Now it’s derelict and trapped on a small island of land between a railway, a dual carriageway and a superstore, and although it looks deserted it isn’t. Nonagenarian twins, Isis and Osiris, still live in the home they were born in, and from which in the 1920s their obsessive Egyptologist parents left them to search for the fabled tomb of Herihor – a search from which they never returned. Isis and Osiris have stayed in the house, guarding a terrible secret, for all their long lives until chance meeting between Isis and young American anarchist Spike, sparks an unlikely friendship and proves a catalyst for change.
About Lesley Glaister:
Lesley Glaister is a fiction writer, playwright and teacher of writing. Her first novel was published in 1990 and since then she’s published 13 further novels and numerous short stories. She received both a Somerset Maugham and a Betty Trask award for Honour Thy Father (1990), won the Yorkshire Post Author of the Year Award in 1993 for Limestone and Clay. She has had broadcast several dramas on BBC Radio 4. She had three grown up sons and lives in Edinburgh with husband. She teaches creative writing at the University of St Andrews and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Little Egypt is published by Salt. Read a reader review of Little Egypt here.