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Book Review: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty -

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Okay, not film exactly this week, but a TV adaptation — same diff! Apple Tree Yard was a five star read for me in , so I was really looking forward to seeing the adaptation. I was pleased with the casting — Emily Watson was perfect as Yvonne — and whilst Ben Chapman seemed a little young for her lover, I felt sure he had the acting chops to pull it off. But which was better, the book or its adaptation? As predicted, Emily Watson was perfect as Yvonne, for me. In addition, he seems much more eager to please her in the TV adaptation and why not, arf! In the book X claimed the same, but I got the impression he was only saying it to try and get off the charge — which worked much better in my opinion.

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A respected, middle-aged, married scientist meets a stranger and experiences such a powerful attraction to him that, moments later, she has sex with him in a public place without even learning his name. Is this the thrilling explosion of a passionate nature, long held in check by the demands of propriety and duty? Or a shocking display of moral lassitude, evidence of a wanton character? The answer, of course, will depend on who is making the judgment and — most crucially — the context in which this story is being recounted. When the context is the Old Bailey, and the story is told to the jury about the accused in a murder trial, the act acquires a significance its participants could never have imagined in those hot, heady moments of their first encounter, drawing preconceptions and prejudices like iron filings to a magnet.

One of the best psychological and erotic thrillers either have us have read. An absolutely engrossing story from the first to last page, exploring dark themes and darker behaviour. In some ways, Apple Tree Yard is more of a biblical parable than a novel. Louise Doughty combines sex, frustration, passion, and extreme violence in a wonderful cocktail of a novel. We follow fifty-something Yvonne, her central character one would hesitate to call her the heroine into an increasingly chaotic and life-changing experience. We want to grab her by the elbow and drag her back to sense and normality, save her from herself, but we really know she is lost from the opening chapter of this book.


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