Penguin presents the audiobook edition of In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey, read by Gabriella Maselli McGrail and Paul English.
A literary tour de force of power, guilt and obsession - two people stalk each other through the shadowy, tangled web of the past - man and woman caught in a dangerous game of confession, each partly predator and partly prey....
'It has been almost 15 years. I've thought about you often, mostly unkindly. But there: I have thought about you.'
Nearly 20 years after Vita broke off contact with Royce, he writes to her, determined to excavate the past. He is older than her, a ghost from her university days, a former benefactor she has tried hard to forget. In his own youth, Royce spent two fateful summers working on a dig in Pompeii with a woman he would later memorialise with a scholarship - the same one that Vita eventually received.
From opposite sides of the world, Royce and Vita enter into an adversarial dance: an attempt to settle old accounts. Profoundly addictive and unsettling, In the Garden of the Fugitives is a thrilling psychological examination of what happens when the lines are blurred between victim and predator, between loyalty and obsession