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Hold Back the Night by Jessica Moor

Hold Back the Night by Jessica Moor


From the Observer debut novelist of the year, comes a blistering, heart-wrenching new novel of complicity and atonement, delving into one nurse's experience of the little-known history of conversion therapy and the heart-breaking betrayal of the AIDS crisis.


March 2020. Annie is alone in her house as the world shuts down, only the ghosts of her memories for company. But then she receives a phone call which plunges her deeper into the past.

1959. Annie and Rita are student nurses at Fairlie Hall mental hospital. Working long, gruelling hours, they soon learn that the only way to appease their terrifying matron is to follow the rules unthinkingly. But what is happening in the hospital's hidden side wards? And at what point does following the rules turn into complicity - and betrayal?

1983. Annie is reeling from the loss of her husband and struggling to face raising her daughter alone. Following a chance encounter, she offers a sick young man a bed for the night, a good deed that soon leads to another. Before long, she finds herself entering a new life of service - her home a haven for those who are cruelly shunned. But can we ever really atone?

The powerful and captivating new novel from the celebrated author of Keeper and Young Women, Hold Back the Night is Jessica Moor's most powerful and commercial book to date. A darkly compelling character-led novel, drawing on themes of complicity and betrayal.


'Absolutely incredible. Intricate, heart-breaking, with perfect prose and characterisation. This is an author stepping into her power and it is a privilege to behold' - Kate Sawyer, Costa shortlisted author of The Stranding and This Family

'Beautifully written and authentic, this novel shines an unflinching light on the darkest episodes of recent medical history. Hold Back The Night will get under your skin and lodge itself in your heart' - Erin Kelly

'Powerful, at times gut-wrenching' - Peter Tatchell

'Heart-breaking and life-affirming in equal measure. Dealing with the horrors of conversion therapy in the 1950s and the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, this is a story of redemption and hope as much as it is grief and shame. I absolutely loved it' - Louise Hare

'Jessica Moor is a new young writer I believe in' - Jeanette Winterson

  • Details

    Imprint: Bonnier Books

    Publication date: 09/05/24

    ISBN: 9781804181379

    Pages: 256

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