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'Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with the shame of his desires, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.

'In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy. Contemplating her future and the social conventions that bind her, a secret romantic friendship with the local laird is interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh – an intimidating, sooty city; the place where her mother perished.

'But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen or known…

'A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren’t those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.'(Publication summary)

Notes

  • Ventura Press sold UK rights to Angela Meyer’s debut novel A Superior Spectre to Scottish publisher Saraband. (Source : Books + Publishing News 14  November 2018)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Edgecliff, Sydney Eastern Harbourside, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Ventura Press , 2018 .
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      Extent: 400p.
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      • Published August 2018

      ISBN: 9781925183917

Works about this Work

[Review] A Superior Spectre Natasha Tambiah , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 113 2018; (p. 50-51)

— Review of A Superior Spectre Angela Meyer , 2018 single work novel
Books Roundup Flames, A Superior Spectre, One Hundred Years of Dirt Ellen Cregan , Justine Hyde , Chloë Cooper , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , July 2018;

— Review of Flames Robbie Arnott , 2018 single work novel ; A Superior Spectre Angela Meyer , 2018 single work novel ; One Hundred Years of Dirt Rick Morton , 2018 single work autobiography
Angela Meyer : A Superior Spectre KN , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 28 July - 3 August 2018;

'Angela Meyer’s first novel, A Superior Spectre, is a superior ghost story. It is a tale of two protagonists, a 19th-century Scottish woman and a 21st-century Australian man, who come to haunt each other, thanks to a pseudo-pharmaceutical that transports the contemporary narrator through time and space into the woman’s consciousness.'  (Introduction)

Books Roundup Flames, A Superior Spectre, One Hundred Years of Dirt Ellen Cregan , Justine Hyde , Chloë Cooper , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , July 2018;

— Review of Flames Robbie Arnott , 2018 single work novel ; A Superior Spectre Angela Meyer , 2018 single work novel ; One Hundred Years of Dirt Rick Morton , 2018 single work autobiography
[Review] A Superior Spectre Natasha Tambiah , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 113 2018; (p. 50-51)

— Review of A Superior Spectre Angela Meyer , 2018 single work novel
Angela Meyer : A Superior Spectre KN , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 28 July - 3 August 2018;

'Angela Meyer’s first novel, A Superior Spectre, is a superior ghost story. It is a tale of two protagonists, a 19th-century Scottish woman and a 21st-century Australian man, who come to haunt each other, thanks to a pseudo-pharmaceutical that transports the contemporary narrator through time and space into the woman’s consciousness.'  (Introduction)

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