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By: Lynette Lowthian

The Gene Genie

Pages: 270 Ratings: 5.0
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Do you ever escape emotional scars handed down by your parents?

Can you change the path of destiny?


It’s 1978. The winter of discontent brings Britain to its knees, the world’s first test tube baby is born...and the Sex Pistols play their last gig together. In a downbeat London suburb, teenager Emily Enderbie gives birth to twins, Annie and Bea. Separated at birth in shocking circumstances, the girls face very different futures. Raising vital questions about family, identity, pain and loss, the book explores the way the past stalks the present and the enduring heartache passed from one generation to the next.

Lynette Lowthian has worked as a journalist and editor all her professional life, and she also teaches creative writing and journalism. She’s met and interviewed an incredibly diverse range of people in her career—from politicians, authors, actors and TV personalities to families in crisis and campaigners for disability rights. ‘I’m obsessed with people, what haunts them, what drives them and why they do the things they do. And I love to write about them,’ she says. The Gene Genie is her first novel, and she’s now at work on her second. 

Customer Reviews
11 reviews
11 reviews
  • Rosemary

    I found The Gene Genie truly unputdownable—finished it at 4.30 am this morning. I do hope a second novel is on its way.

  • Martine

    A real page turner – I couldn’t put it down. The washing up is piling up, bed 's unmade and a pile of ironing is looking at me! Nothing gets done in the house ¬ this book should come with a warning!

  • Mike

    Powerful story, with a compulsive plot, showing how trauma can be passed from one generation to the next with love not given to everyone.

  • Charlotte

    I romped through this book¬ it’s a real page-turner.
    I particularly enjoyed the depiction of the teenagers and found those sections so funny.

  • Jane

    I loved The Gene Genie ¬especially the characters and the randomness of events, which was very realistic. I liked the style: the way the language is different for each character. Moving the point of view between characters works very well.

  • Bryn

    This cleverly-plotted family saga is a fast-paced, compelling read, which deals with serious subjects. Recommended!

  • Becky

    Wow! So well written. I particularly liked the way the author dangled a morsel of how it all might end at the beginning. It certainly kept me reading and guessing. I hope the next one is on its way.

  • Nikki

    I loved this book, it had me engaged from the start and gripped enough to keep reading between tube stations. The characters were interesting and complex, allowing the reader to sympathize, even with the worst of acts. Thought-provoking and nice to have little snippets of London life thrown in. I’m looking forward to Lynette’s next book!

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