Undue Influence by Anita Brookner

Undue Influence

Anita Brookner

No-one is quite what they seem in this book. A shy and lonely young woman, working in a second hand bookshop, becomes obsessed with a rather wimpish academic. The characters are difficult to like, but I was drawn into this story of complex emotions, which is simply and powerfully told.

Extract

As I let myself into the flat I reflected that it would be pleasant to know that there was someone already there, albeit in another room. I saw the point of a marriage even as discreet as my mother's. Yet what I felt was a wistfulness all my own, a dangerous longing for company.

Parallels
  • The Illusionist by Jennifer Johnston

Books with similar mood

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

Every Day, Every Hour

Natasa Dragnic

Big Cherry Holler

Adriana Trigiani

Let's Twist Again

Leo Cullen

You Came Back

Christopher Coake

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Helen Simonson

The Mysteries of Glass

Sue Gee

Buddha Da

Anne Donovan

Gringo Soup

John Aspinall

Five Photos of my Wife

Agnes Desarthe

Dance Real Slow

Michael Grant Jaffe

The Pocket Guide to Being an Indian Girl

B K Mahal

The Cryptographer

Tobias Hill

Ship Fever

Andrea Barrett

The Paris Wife

Paula McLain

The Old Romantic

Louise Dean

Her Mother's Hands

Karmele Jaio

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Good Harbor

Anita Diamant

The Tin Man

Martin Shannon

Reality, Reality

Jackie Kay

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

The Mountain of Light

Claire Allen

The Alphonse Courrier Affair

Marta Morazzoni

PS, I Love You

Cecelia Ahern

The Colour of Water

Angela Green

The Vine of Desire

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Love in Vain

Federigo Tozzi

The Good Guy

Susan Beale

The Book of Summers

Emylia Hall

How to Read the Air

Dinaw Mengestu

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

How to be Good

Nick Hornby

Good in Bed

Jennifer Weiner

Fasting, Feasting

Anita Desai

The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai

Ruiyan Xu

Luna

Julie Anne Peters

Featherstone

Kirsty Gunn

The Secret History Of Modernism

C K Stead

The Best People in the World

Justin Tussing

Protection

Molly McCloskey

An Unremarkable Body

Elisa Lodato

Ugly Duckling

Amita Mukerjee

Treading Water

Claire Collison

Old Filth

Jane Gardam

Darling?

Heidi Jon Schmidt