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The Loss Adjustor

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

The Loss Adjustor

Aifric Campbell

'Campbell's style is lyrical, revealing sharp, important truths with mesmerising intensity' Daily Mail

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9781847652324 (3 Mar 2011)

About the book

Every Sunday, Caro finds herself back in the place where it all began, lured by memory, guilt and all the losses she cannot reconcile. Constantly dwelling on the past, she immerses herself in work, where long hours insulate her from the world. For Caro, the present is two dimensional: it is history that is loaded with colour and scent.

Sometimes she tries to get some perspective on those years, going over that terrible summer twenty years ago, when her band of three inseparable friends disintegrated forever. Estelle died two weeks after her fifteenth birthday. It was sudden, violent, shocking. Afterwards, Cormac left and never returned. Now she waits for release, which comes in the form of an unlikely alliance. Aifric Campbell's second novel is filled with longing - for childhood and the liberating power of friendship.

About the author

Aifric is the author of On the Floor, which was long listed for the Orange Prize 2012. Her previous novels are The Semantics of Murder and The Loss Adjustor. She was born in Dublin, studied in Sweden and spent 13 years as an investment banker in London and currently teaches at Imperial College, London.


Aifric Campbell is one of my favourite Irish novelists and I love this book. It's written with seriousness, lightness, intelligence and insight, but most of all with great beauty and presence.

- Joseph O'Connor

Sexy, sad, riven with longing, The Loss Adjustor confirms a talent of unusual promise

- Nicholas Shakespeare

Campbell writes with lambent precision... a mesmerising study of a woman clinging to the knotted cord of adolescence, uncertain whether to go backwards or forwards

- John O'Connell, Guardian

Clear-eyed, lyrical... Campbell manages to infuse the cool, lucid language of narrator with some truly luminous descriptions of place and emotion... a book that demands to be taken seriously, both because of its ambitions and the beauty of its writing

- Catherine Heaney, Irish Times

So full of beautiful writing that even the insurance industry comes to life. From its beguiling first sentence - "I was born in a place that presumed departure" - to its simple, humane ending, it is beautiful to read. Aifric Campbell's language is rich and exact, never flowering into too much; she is concise without being dry, her characters painted in deft, tight strokes

- Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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