Book Club Notes: The Girl on the Page

The perfect book for your next book club is The Girl on the Page by John Purcell. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature – and written by a true industry insider – this is a books and publishing nerd’s wildest dreams come true!

The Girl on the Page Book Club NotesAmy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north west London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself – questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

From ultimate book industry insider, John Purcell, comes a literary page-turner, a ferocious and fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity, and the redemptive power of great literature.

‘A slick, sharp novel about books and relationships, drenched in delicious insider detail from the book industry. Impossible not to enjoy.’ – Matt Haig, international bestselling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet and How to Stop Time

‘Fizzy, ferocious, and ice-pick sharp, packed with wit and heart – think The Devil Wears Prada by way of Bret Easton Ellis. Gulp it down. Or savor it slowly. Just read it.’ – AJ Finn, author of international bestseller The Woman in the Window

‘Hilarious and heartbreaking … I know people are going to enjoy this book as much as I did.’ – Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child

‘So genuine, rich with insider info. Super read.’ – Candice Fox, international bestselling author of Redemption Point

‘Fast-paced, clever, funny, seriously thought and talk-provoking.’ – Dervla McTiernan, bestselling author of The Ruin

‘Like getting on a fast-moving train or rocket … you cannot and don’t want to get off, but must follow every dynamic, insatiable, brilliant character right to the stunning end.’ – Caroline Overington, bestselling author of The One Who Got Away and The Ones You Trust

‘In The Girl on the Page, John Purcell triumphs with a scalpel in one hand and his heart in the other. It is a gripping, dark comedy of a novel which eviscerates the cynicism of contemporary publishing while uttering a cri du coeur for what is happening to writers and readers this century. Through this dark comedy – I squealed with laughter, page after page – flash questions about cultural life that Purcell asks but leaves us to ponder.’ Blanche d’Alpuget

‘A juicy page turner that takes a scalpel to the literary world, written with deep insider intel and a gleeful sense of mischief, The Girl on the Page is a wickedly clever, razor-sharp satire of lust, betrayal and ambition.’ Caroline Baum


John PurcellWhile still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop – imaginatively called ‘John’s Bookshop’ – in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written (under a pseudonym) a series of successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at literary’ festivals and on TV and been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.

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