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The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased)

The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased)

Author(s): Marie Gameson

Location(s): United Kingdom, China

Genre(s): Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Era(s): Current

Winifred Rigby is proud of having no memory – an achievement she attributes to years of Buddhist meditation (and a profound epiphany on a mountain in Taiwan). Determined to get the old Winnie back, her staunchly Catholic mother and sister lure her back to the UK, and as far away from the Orient as possible.

Then an elderly man appears, complaining of being haunted by his long dead father (the late Mr Gadd), and insisting that stories Winnie wrote as a teenager hold the key to his problems. Winnie reluctantly has to get reacquainted with her younger self, in order to solve the mystery.

Why did she write about a Mr Gadd, who died years before she was born?
Why is Chinese ancestor worship the key to settling Mr Gadd’s restless spirit?
And why did her mother lie to her?
But most important of all, when will she feel normal again?

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