'Magnetic...A major imaginative triumph' OBSERVER
A lifetime of restraint and placid affection erupts when a retired bank manager falls for a young girl, as far removed from him in background and experience as in age. Set in Cumbria, this is an intensely moving evocation of an overwhelming passion and its destructive kernel of jealousy.
The narrative of the obsession is told with great verve and conviction, from the first fortuitous encounter...to the open-ended conclusion - Penelope Lively, Evening Standard
Vibrantly erotic...brave and searingly honest..compulsively gripping - Graham Lord, Sunday Times
It is a sexy book. It is a romantic book. Its heart is the dream of great passion - Philippa Gregory, The Sunday Times
The key to the success of the book is its simplicity and unpretentiousness...makes convincing the disorderly and unreasoning passion of the orderly and reasoning man - Rose Tremain, Listener
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.