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The Divines Hardcover – 11 May 2021

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  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (11 May 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1529340128
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1529340129
  • Dimensions : 16 x 3.6 x 23.6 cm
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A dark delight . . . The Divines is perfectly twisted in its reflection of an utterly toxic environment, making it impossible to put down till you get to its end. ― Refinery29

Chilling and twisty, this story will have you at once compelled, and cringing at the awfulness of teenage girls ― Cosmopolitan

Exploring the destructive relationships of teenage girls and the echoes they have on our grown lives, this is an explosive debutStylist

This elegant tale of class privilege and bullying at an exclusive girl's boarding school in the 90s makes you feel as though you are trapped alongside conflicted protagonist Josephine ― iNews, Best Books of 2021

Remembering the girls of St. John the Divine, Josephine, in her 30s, ruminates on her bullying days at boarding school. In this captivating debut novel, Ellie Eaton traces adolescent female sexuality, class divides, and the weight of formative memories on adults ― New York Magazine

Compelling and very atmospheric. Really interesting on how we remember the past and carry it with us ― Kate Sawyer, author of THE STRANDING

THE DIVINES is a cool, chilling and elegant novel that intrigues and compels the reader, while filleting the absurdities of British class hierarchy with a very, very sharp knife. In Eaton's stylish and controlled prose, the oppressive atmosphere of a girls' boarding school becomes the site of a violent and mysterious act, but also a lens through which to examine the intoxicating and unnerving power of adolescent sexuality, the dangers and consolations of friendship, and the toxic nature of the class divide. It's a terrific, entertaining and astute work and one of considerable relevance to the way we live now. ― Sarah Perry, author of THE ESSEX SERPENT

A potent novel about what it means to remember and how responsible we are for the actions of our youth. Seething with teenage sexuality, friendship and that peculiarly British obsession, class, this is an absorbing readAraminta Hall

'Girls are vicious,' a character in The Divines says towards the end, and Ellie Eaton has given us every ounce of that viciousness, meticulously portioned and weighed, the pain of it held up to the light. Seductive and uncomfortable in equal measure, the real raw strange runs through this book, that indigestible part of the human experience we all choke on from time to timeRufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen and The Girls from Corona Del Mar

The Divines is an absorbing, sharp exploration of the ways our adolescent secrets, relationships, and cruelties shape and haunt us into adulthood. Ellie Eaton's writing is thrilling and intoxicating, whether about the inexplicable power teenage girls have over one another or the challenges of defining a self outside of long-held traditions. A compulsively readable book; I couldn't put it downAlexandra Chang, author of Days of Distraction

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