By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.
The extraordinary and horrifying story of a young girl who defied the strict conventions of her class and time.
One sits on a chair, opening and shutting a dance-card with gloved fingers.
The other stands beside her, watching the dance unfold: the circling couples, the bounce of the floor.
It begins here.
The haunting story of a terrible family secret and a life stolen.
'You've got a visitor'.
For 60 years Esme Lennox has been confined to a Psychiatric hospital.
Her great-niece Iris has only just learnt of her existence.
Daughters who just don't listen.
Just why was Esme incarcerated in an asylum 61 years ago? Iris, her great-neice, goes in search of answers, and reveals a shameful past.
The grand-daughter of an advocate.
As Esme gets her first taste of freedom after 61 years in an institution, forgotten memories of her privileged past are stirred up.
Meanwhile Iris must find her a home.
Esme returns to an old family haunt.
Iris has rescued her great aunt from the institution, but Esme's past remains elusive.
To her family's surprise, Esme has a highly desirable suitor, but she has other ambitions.
Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh.
Kitty and Esme's memories collide.
It is time for the sisters to come face to face again.
After 61 years, Esme finally knows the whole truth.