The Girls Are Good

Author:   Ilaria Bernardini
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
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9780008503055


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Format:   Paperback
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COMPETITION. PERFECTION. DESTRUCTION. 'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose' Abigail Dean, author of GIRL A 'Brilliantly observed, beautifully written - it's quite simply unforgettable' Alex Michaelides, author of THE SILENT PATIENT and THE MAIDENS A DANGEROUS OBSESSION Martina wants to be the best gymnast in the world. But so does everyone around her. A TOURNAMENT WITH A DIFFERENCE During one week of intense competition, Martina and her teammates are tested to the limit, and any sign of weakness can quickly spell the end. A MURDER IN THE NIGHT By the end of the week, one of the gymnasts will be dead. Every girl will do anything to win...but at what cost? 'Compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating - it's quite simply unforgettable.' ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT 'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession.' ABIGAIL DEAN, Sunday Times bestselling author of GIRL A 'Brutal and brilliant - I read it in one sitting.' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE 'A glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn't put it down.' CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL

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Author:   Ilaria Bernardini
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint:   HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.70cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.200kg
ISBN:  

9780008503055


ISBN 10:   0008503052
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'A vivid picture as shocking as it is gripping' Stylist 'Spare and claustrophobic ... [a] sense of unease and impending doom.' Shotsmag For fans of the harrowing Netflix documentary Athlete A ... comes Ilaria Bernardini's cautionary tale about what happens when competition goes too far.' Harper's Bazaar 'During an international contest... we see the physical pain, emotional toll, abuse and complicity the competition can foster. Black Swan meets Heathers' GRAZIA 'Mesmerising...a richness of psychological and sensual detail that non-fiction could never match' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose. Tense as the space between the uneven bars.' ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A The Girls are Good is a compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating portrayal of the horrors of being a teenager in the world of competitive gymnastics. Brilliantly observed, beautifully written - it's quite simply unforgettable. ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT 'What a book! A stunning and revealing look the world of elite gymnastics. An unforgettable debut.' JO JAKEMAN, author of STICKS AND STONES 'Brutal and brilliant - I read it in one sitting.' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE 'Powerful, claustrophobic, shocking and heart-breaking.' JANE SHEMILT, author of THE PATIENT 'What a haunting novel. Cruel, barbed, disturbing, poignant - and it opened my eyes to an industry so graceful and effortless, and the intensity of a group of young people.' LIV MATTHEWS, author of THE PRANK 'Loved this book, it's such an original & haunting read which has stated with me long after reading'AMANDA REYNOLDS, author of CLOSE TO ME


'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose. Tense as the space between the uneven bars.' ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A The Girls are Good is a compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating portrayal of the horrors of being a teenager in the world of competitive gymnastics. Brilliantly observed, beautifully written - it's quite simply unforgettable. ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT 'What a book! A stunning and revealing look the world of elite gymnastics. An unforgettable debut.' JO JAKEMAN, author of STICKS AND STONES 'Brutal and brilliant - I read it in one sitting.' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE 'Dark, disturbing, desperately sad - I was totally gripped. What an incredible setting for a novel - a glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn't put it down.' CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL 'A fascinating and heart-breaking insight into the world of competitive gymnastics by an author who clearly knows this world inside out. Amazing characterisation of these young girls and a compelling and suspenseful story. Loved this book - it is unlike anything else I've read. I continued to think about it a lot once I'd finished.' CATHERINE COOPER, author of THE CHALET 'Powerful, claustrophobic, shocking and heart-breaking.' JANE SHEMILT, author of THE PATIENT 'I absolutely loved this book - I couldn't put it down. Twisted in every sense of the word and so, so dark - it's absolutely brilliant.' NIKKI SMITH, author of ALL IN HER HEAD 'What a haunting novel. Cruel, barbed, disturbing, poignant - and it opened my eyes to an industry so graceful and effortless, and the intensity of a group of young people.' LIV MATTHEWS, author of THE PRANK


'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose. Tense as the space between the uneven bars.' ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A The Girls are Good is a compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating portrayal of the horrors of being a teenager in the world of competitive gymnastics. Brilliantly observed, beautifully written - it's quite simply unforgettable. ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT 'What a book! A stunning and revealing look the world of elite gymnastics. An unforgettable debut.' JO JAKEMAN, author of STICKS AND STONES 'Brutal and brilliant - I read it in one sitting.' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE 'Dark, disturbing, desperately sad - I was totally gripped. What an incredible setting for a novel - a glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn't put it down.' CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL 'A fascinating and heart-breaking insight into the world of competitive gymnastics by an author who clearly knows this world inside out. Amazing characterisation of these young girls and a compelling and suspenseful story. Loved this book - it is unlike anything else I've read. I continued to think about it a lot once I'd finished.' CATHERINE COOPER, author of THE CHALET 'Powerful, claustrophobic, shocking and heart-breaking.' JANE SHEMILT, author of THE PATIENT 'I absolutely loved this book - I couldn't put it down. Twisted in every sense of the word and so, so dark - it's absolutely brilliant.' NIKKI SMITH, author of ALL IN HER HEAD 'What a haunting novel. Cruel, barbed, disturbing, poignant - and it opened my eyes to an industry so graceful and effortless, and the intensity of a group of young people.' LIV MATTHEWS, author of THE PRANK 'Loved this book, it's such an original & haunting read which has stated with me long after reading'AMANDA REYNOLDS, author of CLOSE TO ME


'A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose. Tense as the space between the uneven bars.' ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A 'What a book! A stunning and revealing look the world of elite gymnastics. An unforgettable debut.' JO JAKEMAN, author of STICKS AND STONES 'Brutal and brilliant - I read it in one sitting.' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE 'Dark, disturbing, desperately sad - I was totally gripped. What an incredible setting for a novel - a glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn't put it down.' CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL 'A fascinating and heart-breaking insight into the world of competitive gymnastics by an author who clearly knows this world inside out. Amazing characterisation of these young girls and a compelling and suspenseful story. Loved this book - it is unlike anything else I've read. I continued to think about it a lot once I'd finished.' CATHERINE COOPER, author of THE CHALET 'Powerful, claustrophobic, shocking and heart-breaking.' JANE SHEMILT, author of THE PATIENT 'I absolutely loved this book - I couldn't put it down. Twisted in every sense of the word and so, so dark - it's absolutely brilliant.' NIKKI SMITH, author of ALL IN HER HEAD 'What a haunting novel. Cruel, barbed, disturbing, poignant - and it opened my eyes to an industry so graceful and effortless, and the intensity of a group of young people.' LIV MATTHEWS, author of THE PRANK


Author Information

Ilaria Bernardini was born in Milan and is an author and scriptwriter. Her novel Faremo Foresta was longlisted for Italy's prestigious Strega Prize and she has created TV shows including Ginnaste and Ballerini (MTV) and has written for Ciak, Tutto Musica, Linus, Rolling Stone, Amica, Vanity Fair and GQ. The Girls Are Good is based on her novel Corpo Libero which subsequently morphed into a cult reality show. This story was inspired by Ilaria's exclusive behind-the-scenes exposure to the controversies that have gripped the world of gymnastics over the past decade. The book has already been optioned by Indigo productions along with All 3Media (the company behind Fleabag) for an eight-part TV series.

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