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Backpack: A dark suspense thriller with a shocking twist

Backpack: A dark suspense thriller with a shocking twist

Tansy is desperate to get away from her media job, her coke habit, her dead mother and her selfish boyfriend. Travelling through Asia, she finds it more smelly than romantic, but she is determined not to give in. Soon she starts to enjoy her journey, until she discovers murder is... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780747266761
Barcode 9780747266761
Published 12 April 2001 by Headline Publishing Group
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Barr, Emily
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ISBN-13 9780747266761
ISBN-10 074726676X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication Date 12 April 2001
International Publication Date 3 April 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Barr, Emily
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 131mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Backpacking, Asia, Southeastern, Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 192386

Description of this Book

Tansy plans to go travelling with her boyfriend after her alcoholic mother dies. At the last minute he bows out and she finds herself drunk and coked-up - as ever - on a plane ti Vietnam and wondering why. Will she return to London skinny, tanned and wise, as planned?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of WH Smith Book Awards: New Talent 2002 -- Winner of WHSmith Book Awards (New Talent) 2002.
US Review A richly comic first novel about a British journalist, in her late 20s, who is just getting over the sudden death of her mother, an event both more and less traumatic than one would imagine. Determined to plow on with life, Tansy thinks about how to dress for the funeral- I enjoyed the bimbo widow look -and what to do with the (UKP)50,000 she's just inherited. She and boyfriend Tom decide to take a tour of Southeast Asia, a plan that falls apart when Tom splits up with her. After a days-long bacchanal of dinners, drugs and drink, Tansy jets off alone for Vietnam. Used to her urban Soho apartment and the easy accessibility of designer clothing and drugs (cocaine's her favorite), it takes her some time to get the hang of things there. But soon she's met up with a group of Australian backpackers -a term Tansy furiously refuses to apply to herself-and started to enjoy her new life. Dropped clunkily into this breezy narrative is a subplot about a maniac killer of blond backpackers in Asia, a fact that doesn't worry blond Tansy as much as it does the people she e-mails back home. Bit by bit, she surprises herself by befriending people she wouldn't have associated with in London and even finding a new boyfriend, far and away more caring than Tom ever was. Tansy's easy elitism makes for hilarious telling; and though her moods and lifelong convictions seem to change in a minute, Barr's intimate knowledge of Tansy's character-she herself is a British journalist (London's Observer , The Guardian ) who spent a year travelling in Asia-makes all come off not as Bridget Jones-esque flightiness but just as the ever-churning mind of a bright and rebellious woman in flux. Only the clumsily handled serial killer subplot and a depressingly tidy climax mar a sparkly and entertaining debut. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Emily Barr has written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian for several years, and her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed. She lives in Cornwall with her husband and three children.

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