A compelling story of passion, loyalty and the dangers of an obsessive relationship
Half-French with an agile, inquiring mind, Rosemary Lewis cannot help being out of the ordinary in Thurston, the Cumbrian market town where she grows up between the wars. An early, bruising failure in love drives her inwards to the solace of books until she meets Edgar - vigorous, down to earth and determined to win her. Charting their life together, this powerful novel probes with exceptional acuity the heights and tortured depths of a bond that becomes a shackle.
A strong and solid novel, with a totally convincing figure, at once fallible and admirable, at its centre - Sunday Telegraph
Distinguished by passages of prose which have precisely the sort of leaping life that Lawrence held up before himself as an ideal all through his career ... Melvyn Bragg has already a considerable body of work behind him. THE SILKEN NET is his best book yet - Guardian
Most attractive of all is this book's open-heartedness, its serious intention and a certain ingenuousness in the way it treats its themes - The Sunday Times
Melvyn Bragg writes with a timelessness that suits his heroine and his theme, that is in tune with the whole story - Financial Times
Words could be used linking Melvyn Bragg with Hardy, Lawrence and Bennett in the Grand Chain: that he belongs there is indisputable - New Statesman
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the most recent being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.