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Penny Sumner has worked as a waitress, a photographer at a dolphin pool and a seller of antiquarian books. She came to England from Australia to do postgraduate studies at Oxford and currently lives with her family in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she works as course leader for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria. She has edited a number of anthologies.
This is one of those glorious multi-layered, multi-peopled, family sagas stretching over three generations around the world. Full of incident, historical sweep, drama, scandal and passion, it is what good old-fashioned story telling is all about but it does take a little getting into. However, once there, it is truly rewarding.Comparison: Judith Lennox, Sally Beauman, Sarah Harrison.Similar this month: Jennifer Haigh, Adriana Trigiani.