Away From You (Hardback)
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Away From You (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 11/09/2014
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The heartbreaking novel from the author of CHOOSE ME, about the sacrifices parents must make and the anguish that can befall them.

When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel.

She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444784732
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 524 g
Dimensions: 239 x 165 x 30 mm


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This book was so powerful and emotional at the same time. The characters were well developed and believable and the conclusion was beautiful - I would totally recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a book which shows hope should never be lost. * Everyday Concepts *
The characters were all well-written and believable and my heart broke a little for Ursula as we found out more about her story. Ruby came across as a very inquisitive child trying to find her way in the world without her mother, whilst she was working away. * Trexes and Tiaras *
She has tackled an emotive and extremely challenging subject with sensitivity and apparent ease. She continues to create characters that the reader will love and admire. * Random things through my letterbox *
It is rare that a book can cause my emotion to bubble to the surface. The story must be not only real and believable, but also written with some empathy and respect. This is one of these rare books. It may not have you turning the pages at break neck speed, but rather, slowly turning each page. Savouring the words. Anticipating the next poetic paragraph. Wanting, badly, for it to last forever. A beautifully written novel, that will remain in your thoughts for a long time to come. * Bleach House Library *

This is the first novel I have read by this author and I have no idea why I haven't come across her before. This book has sailed straight into my best of the year and quite possibly a contender for the top spot. I cannot enthuse about it enough.
A truly beautiful piece of writing, with wonderful characters that captured my heart, and left me hoping for a happy ending.

* Reflections of a Reader *
A compelling exploration of the nature of grief. Like Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, the novel is imbued with an insidious sense of evil countered by the redemptive nature of love... A moving tale of motherhood and morality. * Oxford Times *
Kay Langdale's writing is like a breath of fresh air. She writes sensitively in this book about grief and finding a reason to live through it. I was annoyed when I reached the last page and had to put it on the bookshelf. * Books with wine and chocolate *
Langdale's psychological intelligence informs every angle of a thoroughly contemporary tragedy. * The Times on AWAY FROM YOU *
Reading it on a train, I had to fight not to sob in public... Langdale is a wonderful writer, plots beautifully and is brilliant at showing her characters' inner worlds. * Daily Mail on AWAY FROM YOU *
I just finished Away From You and I am a mess of tears on the train. Can't remember the last time a book broke my heart so much . . . This haunting and beautifully written novel about love will linger in your mind long after you've turned the final, satisfying page. * Lucy Dillon, author of A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME *
Atmospheric and provocative, Kay Langdale's novel is a masterpiece in the art of disquietude... and in it Langdale touches on an extremely challenging, but worthy subject.... The end result is a deft portrait of acceptance and salvation. * We Love This Book on AWAY FROM YOU *
Readable, poignant . . . the author's skill is to woo the reader into empathising with conflicting viewpoints * The Sunday Times on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
'Thought-provoking' ***** * Woman's Own on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
A delight to read, the characters pull at your heartstrings * Candis on CHOOSE ME *
The sympathetic understanding of her characters, the even-handed exposition of different types of mothering and the beauty of her crystal-clear prose all come together to make this a must read. * Red on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
This is both a comic and poignant read told via quirky prose, and is impossible to put down * Image on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
Sweet and sad and funny and thought-provoking * U magazine on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
An endearing child-heroine and a controversial moral question make HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT a must-read * Good Housekeeping *
Poignant novel about parenthood * Woman & Home on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
Funny and poignant * Choice on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
A poignant, at times funny, at times saddening book about morals and motherhood * Tatler Ireland on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
Brilliant new novel . . . impressively plausible and realistic . . . truly heartbreaking and yet life-affirming at the same time. A thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted, engaging read. * welovethisbook.com on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *
A gripping, heart-rendering story. The characters are portrayed skilfully, especially Scout, who is a wonderful child . . . An extremely exciting and emotional read. * New Books on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT *

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“Beautifully written, tender and true with characte”

I discovered Kay Langdale's writing back in November 2011 when I read and reviewed her wonderful novel Her Giant Octopus Moment. That is a story that has stayed with me so I was delighted to get the chance to... More

Hardback edition
19th September 2014
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“Beautifully written, tender and true with characters who will restore the faith of the reader.”

I discovered Kay Langdale's writing back in November 2011 when I read and reviewed her wonderful novel Her Giant Octopus Moment. That is a story that has stayed with me so I was delighted to get the chance to... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2015
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