By Susan Beale

Susan Beale

Susan Beale was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Somerset in the UK. Her debut novel The Good Guy was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award. She holds an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University.


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The Good Guy

This is an extract from Susan Beale’s novel, The Good Guy (John Murray), shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award. Ted, a car-tyre salesman in 1960s suburban New England, is a dreamer who craves admiration. His wife, Abigail, longs for a life of the mind. Single-girl Penny just wants to be loved. When a…