by A.P. - £6.99 Bloomsbury (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747578567 | ISBN 10: 0747578567
It is the 1950s and it is Existentialist time in Paris. But Viola, a seventeen-year-old English girl is languishing in a chaotic finishing school in the dull French countryside. Under the distrait tutelage of Tante Aimee, the pupils lounge about the crumbling grey chaeau playing records and smoking Gitanes, awaiting the arrival of some suitable aristocratic young blood - and life. Then a new teacher arrives - Sabine. Sabine, with her long tanned legs, wide straight shoulders and mane of golden hair. Sabine, who arrives each morning in her old Deux Chevaux, dragging on her Gauloises, truculent, difficult. And passion strikes. But there are sinister forces at play in the chateau, and a dangerous secret is about to be uncovered... Sensual, Gothic, with more than a hint of Colette, 'Sabine' is a dark tale of schoolgirl love and compulsion.
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