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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

May 14, 2019

An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher

Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

She is now thirty-two and the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student of his. Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that. But now, in 2017, in the midst of allegations against powerful men, she is being asked to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape.

Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, and as riveting as it is disturbing, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues our age is grappling with.


Published 23rd January 2020 | Hardback | 9780008342241 | RRP £12.99

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of My Dark Vanessa, please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.


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