Published: 1 August 2018
ISBN ePUB: 9781925183924
eBook Price: $9.99
Categories: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Angela Meyer’s writing has been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. She has previously published a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt). By day she works as a commissioning editor for Echo, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia. She lives in Melbourne. literaryminded.com.au / @literaryminded
A Superior Spectre
By Angela Meyer
A PETER BISHOP BOOK
The historical richness of Outlander meets the dystopian feminism of Margaret Atwood in this highly accomplished book from the most exciting debut novelist of 2018 – Angela Meyer.
Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with the shame of his desires, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.
In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy. Contemplating her future and the social conventions that bind her, a secret romantic friendship with the local laird is interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh – an intimidating, sooty city; the place where her mother perished.
But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen or known…
A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren’t those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.
Praise for A Superior Spectre
'Haunting and wonderfully surefooted – a vivid reminder of what fiction can do.'
PETER BISHOP, PETER BISHOP BOOKS
Praise for Angela’s past work
'Meyer’s language is subtle and skillful, giving us flashes of unsettling truths, peppered with dark humour.'
BRIGID MULLANE, READINGS MONTHLY
'One of the form’s most vital practitioners.'
WILLIAM TEOMAN, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
'Her best stories are like the perfect skeletons of small animals, from which a warm and living body may be easily imagined.'
KERRYN GOLDSWORTHY, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/THE AGE