Journey by William Trevor
Published by Viking, 1994
is a young Irish country girl who crosses the Irish Sea and searches
through the industrial English Midlands to find her lover and tell
him that she is pregnant. Told only that he works in a lawn-mower
factory in the Midlands, a combination of innocence and faith keeps
Felicia wandering and ultimately delivers her into the hands of
Mr Hilditch, an outwardly decent man who appears to come to her
rescue. However, Hilditch misleads Felicia in her search as part
of his plan to render her broke and helpless and to lure her into
his trap as his did with the five other girls in his 'Memory Lane'.
Wary of him at first, then resigned, finally increasingly anxious
as she wonders what became of his other friends, Felicia picks her
numb way among psychological minefields. Will Felicia escape from
the clutches of the psychopathic Hilditch and be reunited with her
lover? In typical Trevor style – spare, lyrical prose; a tightly
woven story; and finely drawn characters – the author keeps
us gripped until the end of this brilliant psychological thriller.
is a mark of Trevor's great imaginative resource that he opens deep
chambers of horror without ever describing an act of violence'
Anthony Quinn, Independent
Journey is a masterpiece, one of the finest novels from the contemporary
writer I have no doubt at all is simply the best we have…'
Susan Hill, speaking at the Whitbread Novel Award Ceremony
page-turner marked by brilliant psychological suspense'
The Philadelphia Inquirer
can quite prepare you for the almost unbearable emotional energy
required to read William Trevor …..He writes like an angel,
but is determined to wring your heart'
in its tension'
Thomas Kilroy, Irish Times
Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He is the recipient
of numerous literary prizes – Felicia's Journey was the winner
of the 1994 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
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