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The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid

The House of Dust and Dreams

Brenda Reid

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February 2012 Debut of the Month.

Set in Greece in 1936 this is a charming tale of friendship, resilience and love in the face of war seen through the eyes of Evadne, a spirited and unconventional wife of a young diplomat.

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The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid

A young British diplomat and his wife have been posted to Athens. Hugh loves the life there but his wife, Evadne, finds it hard to fit in with the whirl of endless parties and socialising. When Hugh is sent to Crete to sort out a problem, they stay in a rundown house owned by his family. His wife falls in love with the place and the people, and stays on when Hugh returns to his duties. As she tries to rebuild the ramshackle home, Evadne - known as Heavenly by the locals - makes firm friends with Anthi, a young woman from the village and Christo, the handsome and charismatic young builder. But the dark clouds of war are gathering and the island will become a crucible of violence and bloodshed in the days to come. For Heavenly, her friends and family, it will be the greatest test they have ever known.


An interesting story. -- San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Brenda Reid

Brenda Reid was an award-winning producer at the BBC before becoming Head of Drama at Anglia Television. She worked with, amongst others, Rose Tremain, Alan Bennett, Jilly Cooper, P.D. James, Fay Weldon and Lynda la Plante. She was also the executive producer of the popular series Ballykissangel. Brenda now divides her time between the Welsh borders, her children's houses in London and her village house in Crete.

Author photo © Jan H. Aspen

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Publication date

2nd February 2012


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


400 pages


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