A Perfect Explanation – The monumental debut novel by Eleanor Anstruther
A Perfect Explanation is published by Salt Publishing as a lead title on 15 March 2019.
Described as a ‘superb debut’ by The Observer and ‘monumental‘ by The Bookseller, A Perfect Explanation is the debut novel by Eleanor Anstruther. A heartbreaking tale of the chaos that can be caused by misunderstood and flawed humanity, leading to secrets, deception, madness and broken lives, all hidden away from twentieth century high society.
About A Perfect Explanation
Based on letters and archival evidence, A Perfect Explanation is a fictionalized account of the real life of Enid Campbell, a Scottish aristocrat who, struggling through a life of undiagnosed mental illness, loses custody of her children and ends up selling her son to her sister for £500. A Perfect Explanation explores themes of love for a child, ownership, abandonment, and the struggles of a mother trying to level with her own happiness and wellbeing. The story weaves through time and character, invoking sympathy for the very real people whose lives Anstruther recreates between the pages, as she tries to make sense of how privilege, heritage and tradition can all go so wrong and cause such sorrow.
About Eleanor Anstruther
Eleanor Anstruther was born in London, educated in Westminster and read History of Art at Manchester University before travelling the world. Eleanor has ridden a motorbike from Mysuru in Karnataka to Manali in the Himalayas, has set up a commune in Surrey, ran a clinic for a Shaman and organised the building of the largest stone circle since Stonehenge. She currently lives in Surrey with her twin boys.