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1994 Costa Winner

Felicias Journey by William Trevor


Publisher: Penguin

Length: 213 pages

About: Irish mother searches boyfriend in England

Style: 3rd Person

Where: England and Ireland

When: 1990s



Publisher’s synopsis:

Felicia is unmarried, pregnant, and penniless. She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands, searching for the boyfriend who left her. Instead she meets up with the fat, fiftyish, unfailingly reasonable Mr. Hilditch, who is looking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane. But the strange, sad, terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia’s delusions in a story that will magnetize fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Ruth Rendell even as it resonates with William Trevor’s own “impeccable strength and piercing profundity” (The Washington Post Book World).



There are no hills. Against a grey sky, tall bleak chimneys belch out their own hot clouds. Factories seem like fortresses, their towers protecting an ancient realm of iron and wealth. Terracotta everywhere has blackened to the insistent local sheen.'




Writing with easy omniscience that gives him complete access to his characters' thoughts, yearnings and self-deceptions, Mr. Trevor builds suspense that depends less on plot mechanics than on the ebb and flow of his people's emotions. With "Felicia's Journey," he has delivered a perfectly executed and chilling little tale about the loss of innocence and the high price of blasted dreams. 

New York Times By Michiko Kakutani January 3rd 1995 for full review click here


About the author

William Trevor was born in 1928 at Michaelstown, County Cork, spent his childhood in provincial Ireland and now lives in Devon. He attended a number of Irish schools and later Trinity College, Dublin.  In 2002 he was knighted. Trevor has resided in Devon, South West England, since the 1950s.
























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