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Second Sight


A STARTLINGLY DRAMATIC NOVEL ABOUT AN ADOLESCENT’S PASSAGE TO ADULTHOOD Smart, savvy and original, Sally Emerson’s story about a young woman growing up with an amoral mother deftly portrays youth and its careful obsessions. Newly re-issued.

For fifteen-year-old Jennifer Hamilton, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is painful and bewildering. Too mature to return to the securities of childhood, yet unwilling to join a world of adults, Jennifer creates a psychic world in which her companions are Percy Shelley and the restoration playwright Aphra Behn. Adding to Jennifer’s self-doubt is her exuberant and capricious mother. When her mother brings home the young, attractive architect Paul, Jennifer becomes aware of new and unusual feelings, and before long mother and daughter are competing for Paul’s attention Second Sight is a haunting novel which explores the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood, and the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert’s world.

Praise for Second Sight ‘Sally Emerson excels in razor sharp observations’ Times

‘Strong, individual and full of promise’ Financial Times

‘Sally Emerson is a highly original, creative novelist’ Bookseller

Sally Emerson is the award-winning author of novels including Fire Child, Heat and Separation and an anthologist of poetry and prose. She lives in London. Her website is


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