praise when first published in the UK in
early 2004, with The Times Literary
Supplement saying, 'Simple but highly
sets the net
curtains of one's mind a twitch,' and The
Daily Mail describing it as 'a taut,
maze-like narrative that will entrap you
within pages.' Opinion in the USA has been a
little more mixed - most offer praise but a
few, such as the reviewer for Publishers
Weekly, are less enthusiastic saying, "Visman
does turn out some sharp prose while keeping
readers guessing, but Stella is too grating
to hold readers' sympathy, even when she
In response to PW I would ask, since when do
we have to like a...
Beyond the Book
studied film at the London
College of printing and mixed
media at the Slade School of
Fine Art. She lives in London.
Her first novel, Sex
was published by
Bloomsbury UK in 2002 and,
according to one reviewer offers
'the most haunting portrayal of
the abusive power of
relationships in girls'
friendships since Atwood's
her second novel and her first
to be published in the USA.
Visman says 'in a desperate rush
to finish my first novel, Sex