From a Distance (Hardback)
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From a Distance (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 08/05/2014
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April, 1946. Michael, a soldier, returns to Southampton on a troop ship. Brutalised and in shock, he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a train to the western tip of Cornwall, where his life is shaped by his heart and the fragmented Britain he has come back to. More than half a century later, Kit, an enigmatic stranger, arrives in Norfolk to take up his unwanted inheritance- a decommissioned lighthouse, half hidden in the shadows of the past, now sweeping its beam forward through time. According to Kit, his life is complete, and he doesn't wish to see anything the lighthouse's glare exposes. But the choice is out of his hands. Luisa, a second-generation Italian, has so far lived through her children and has reached a point of invisibility. The constant push and pull of family life has turned like the tide, and she is suspended, without direction. Kit and Luisa meet and neither can escape the inevitability of Michael's split-second decision at the Southampton docks. Moving between the post-war artists' colony around St Ives in Cornwall and present-day Norfolk, Raffaella Barker's new novel explores the secrets and flaws that shape our interactions across generations. From a Distance is a tender and compelling story of human connection and the yearning desire we have to belong.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408833735
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wonderful writer ... incredible books * David Baldacci, New York Times *
Poetic ... As Barker deftly draws her two narratives together, she illustrates how the war years affected the lives of both soldiers and civilians for decades to come, and how decisions made in one generation have the power to shape those of the future * New York Times Book Review *
Raffaella Barker is the most romantic and generous writer. Her writing manages to be domestic and glamorous simultaneously, and this is her best book yet * Louisa Young bestselling author of My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You *
A city-dweller's fantasy of what country life is like ... Barker artfully brings the three stands of her narrative together, teasing the reader with suppressed passions, and bringing the story to a clever and reassuring conclusion * Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday *
A beautifully written, superior romance perfect for a hammock on a sunny day * Wendy Holden, Daily Mail *
Barker writes like a dream and will sweep you away with this domestic drama * Tatler *
One of the cleverest and freshest of British novelists * Daily Mail *
I love Raffaella Barker's books * Maggie O'Farrell *
Nostalgia and sadness are scooped up into something more sweet than bitter, a novel that feels like a postcard sent back to those grief-stricken months at the end of the war, promising sunshine **** * Charlotte Runcie, Daily Telegraph *
Raffaella Barker is a writer of talent * Times Literary Supplement *

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