If you follow @ViragoBooks on Twitter, you may have seen us tweeting some of our favourite quotes from our Virago Book Club choice Damage. We're discussing it on our forum, on facebook and on Twitter alongside Sin. Both are by Josephine Hart and both are being republished as Virago Modern Classics for the first time.
Damage tells the chilling story of a man who starts an affair with his son's fiancée.
‘I did not die in my fiftieth year. There are few who know me now who do not regard that as a tragedy.’
‘Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.’
‘I remembered an old Chinese proverb, “Call no man happy until he’s dead.”’
‘I have sometimes looked at old photographs of the smiling faces of victims, and searched them desperately for some sign that they knew . . . Nothing. They look out serenely, a terrible warning to us all.’
‘A concealed truth, that’s all a lie is. Either by omission or commission we never do more than obscure. The truth stays in the undergrowth, waiting to be discovered.’
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