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Magpie by [Elizabeth Day]

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"Elizabeth Day's Magpie is at once eerie, darkly funny and very touching... It is f***ing great, plain and simple."--STANLEY TUCCI

“Welcome to ‘Single White Female’ With a Maternal Twist
 as much as countless book jackets in recent years have asserted otherwise, few have approached [Gillian Flynn’s] virtuoso, go-big-or-go-home approach…the narrative matches how it feels to be suffering through pregnancy anxiety, fears of romantic betrayal, in-law strife, body horror … [Magpie] mimics the many shocks of womanhood.”--Megan Abbott, New York Times Book Review

“A taut domestic psychological thriller…. 
Magpie shocks and distresses in a way that only good psychological thrillers can, but it also provides a catharsis, depicting the frustrations of womanhood in all forms. It shows that, when faced with motherhood, a woman will do absolutely anything in her power to protect what she has… Magpie is sharp, beguiling and dramatic, with a twisting plot that will keep readers guessing until the end.”--Newsweek

 “[A] tense, ultimately cathartic psychological drama…Day’s cleverness lies in fashioning from these ingredients a pacy, stylish thriller in which suspense is accompanied by fist-pumping feminism and, perhaps toughest of all, hope.”--
The Guardian

‘A compassionately crafted psychological drama’
--Harper’s Bazaar UK

 “Scintillating…a study of four ways of being a mother, and full of poignant evocations of related experiences, from pregnancy to the agony of infertility.”
--Sunday Times

“Utterly engrossing, a thick sense of dread unfurling from every page… a celebration of [mothers’] devotion and an examination of what happens when that devotion tips into obsession in the most fascinating way.”
--Refinery 29 UK

"This domestic thriller from Day serves up a dramatic plot twist that will leave readers questioning everything.... Highly readable, and fans of the genre will gobble it up."

"Day successfully turns the narrative on its head in the second half... She also cannily subverts a few tired tropes to create a convincing final act, with a twist rooted in clues that were there all along. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this."
--Publishers Weekly

Magpie is a gorgeous thriller-cum-manifesto that I am going to recommend to every single person I know.  Elizabeth Day has written that rare book I always go hunting for, something that will keep me breathless with suspense but also buoyant with good energy. It is both sinister and comforting, outrageous but grounded, with a head-spinning plot twist that makes all the sense in the world, yet will take you completely by surprise. There are so many books in the world, and we are better for most of them, but Magpie is a book that needed to exist in the world. It  is the book that was missing.” --LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF ANIMAL and THREE WOMEN 

"Completely, terrifyingly BRILLIANT."

"Magpie is a clever, suspenseful read with a brilliant central pivot and a keen eye for relationships, including the toxic ones. A compelling, twisting read. Elizabeth Day is a wonderful writer and this Magpie has strong wings."--MATT HAIG, AUTHOR OF THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY

  "Superbly taut and well-written, noirish with a big and beating heart."

 "An absorbing exploration of infertility and mental illness combined with the pace and plot of a heart-racing thriller … I literally couldn’t put this down. Sublime."

 "The most mind-blowing book of the year"

"Deft, thrilling, and merciless, 
Magpie is a book I raced through trying to guess the next twist and turn of the tightly woven plot Elizabeth has crafted. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."--LAURA JANE WILLIAMS, AUTHOR OF THE LUCKY ESCAPE AND OUR STOP

Magpie is tightly plotted, crackling with an uneasy tension, and has an ingenious twist you won’t see coming. Stylish, sinister, and clever, this is a sublime thriller."--LOUISE O’NEILL, AUTHOR OF AFTER THE SILENCE

"I raced through 
Magpie. A very elegant, tense, literary thriller full of misdirection, unreliable witnesses, motherhood, madness, rage, and the most heartbreaking account of infertility I've read."--SARAH VAUGHAN, AUTHOR OF ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL AND LITTLE DISASTERS

About the Author

Douglas Durkin (1884-1968) grew up in northern Ontario and Manitoba. After receiving his BA he taught English in a number of schools and universities. In 1929 he moved to New York City, and from then on concentrated on his writing. He wrote most of his novels jointly with Martha Ostenso (who became is wife), composed several ballads with Carl Sandberg, and collaborated on a screen play, Union Depot, with Gene Fowler. He also contributed short stories to Harper's Magazine, Liberty, and Century. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JPH94FF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (May 3, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 3, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2093 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0008507163
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 3.8 out of 5 stars 10,300 ratings

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Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

Her memoir, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong is a Sunday Times top 5 bestseller and has been described as ‘life-changing’ by critics. Her debut novel Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award. Her follow-up, Home Fires was an Observer Book of the Year. Her third, Paradise City was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Observer and the Evening Standard, and was People magazine's Book of the Week. Her fourth novel, The Party was an Amazon bestseller and a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick. It has been optioned for television.

Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right and won the Rising Star Award at the 2019 British Podcast Awards.

Elizabeth is a columnist for You magazine on the Mail on Sunday and a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the Observer, Vogue, Grazia and Elle. She is a contributing editor for Harper's Bazaar.

Elizabeth grew up in Northern Ireland and her first job was for The Derry Journal. She won a British Press Award in 2004 for Young Journalist of the Year and was Highly Commended as Feature Writer of the Year in 2013. She has a ginger cat called Huxley who approves this message.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisty with a Quick-ish Pace
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Tw for pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, infidelity, mental health and abandonment

Magpie is a story about Marisa and Jake…a young couple who falls upon tough financial times and takes in a lodger to help pay the bills, however their pregnancy and the impending birth fray their emotions and their psyche.

This book took me a few chapters to get my bearings, but after I did, I sailed through the book. There is a major twist that I did not see coming and the author did a phenomenal job writing this. I was enthralled and actually deleted my kindle app off my phone so I wouldn’t be tempted to read it at work 🤣 If you enjoy a twisty story that makes you feel a bit off-kilter (in the best way) all the way through…this one’s for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, contrived nonsense
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