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A Bouquet of Barbed Wire

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

A Bouquet of Barbed Wire

Andrea Newman

A new TV tie-in edition of the taboo-busting psychological drama

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847656544 (2 Sep 2010)

About the book

Peter Manson's apparently successful life is turned upside down when his beloved teenage daughter Prue reveals she's pregnant by her teacher, Gavin Sorenson. The very heart of the family is threatened as Peter has an intuitive sense that Gavin is on a personal quest for revenge. As Peter becomes consumed by anxiety for his daughter, hatred of his son in law and lust for his secretary, his relationship with his wife, Cassie, becomes increasingly distant. With Peter's marriage at breaking point and facing financial ruin, it's only a matter of time before secrets from the past return to haunt their lives.

Famously controversial, the 1970s TV adaptation of A Bouquet of Barbed Wire was watched by 26 million people. ITV's new version is written by Guy Andrews (Lost in Austen, Prime Suspect) and will star Trevor Eve, Hermione Norris and Imogen Poots.

About the author

Novelist and screenwriter Andrea Newman changed the face of British culture in the seventies with her steamy television serial A Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, based on her novel of the same name. Among her more recent credits are the hugely successful A Sense Of Guilt, Imogen's Face, An Evil Streak and Pretending To Be Judith. She was born in Kent and now lives in London.


Newman is superb at crawling under the skin of our insecurities about relationships

- The Times

Andrea Newman has an entertaining ability to shock

- Nancy Banks-Smith, Guardian

Gripping... its fast pace and snppy dialogue ultimately allow the novel to transcend the time it so vividly captures.

- Freya McClements, Irish Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction