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The Way Back Home by Freya North

The Way Back Home

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July 2014 Book of the Month.

A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers and a rift with her father. It’s an involved relationship tale with characters from her previous books thrown in for fans. A lovely read that keeps you anticipating a twist that is nicely unexpected. At some point I was a little bewildered as to why Oriana acted as she did but the story flowed well and I couldn’t put it down.

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Reader Reviews

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  • Phyl Smithson - 'This book should come with a health warning – not for people with a leaning to addiction.  It really is compulsive and unputdownable.' Read full review >
  • Nikki Whitmore - 'Definitely one of those books where you know what you're going to get so you can just settle down and enjoy the ride.' Read full review >
  • Linda Hill - 'The story of finding what home really means - people, places, emotions and memory...This book would appeal to lovers of literary modern fiction who want to finish a book with a real sense of satisfaction (and maybe even a few tears).' Read full review >
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'Some of the characters we have met in other Freya North books, but this is a stand alone story which is very enjoyable, if not one of her best.' Read full review >
  • Georgia Churchill - 'I truly recommend this to those who enjoy a warm hearted book with an unexpected twist. The story flowed really well and was honestly breathtaking.' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'A lovely read...The language and descriptions are simple but effective making the story easy to read but with the anticipation of a twist keeping everyone guessing.' Read full review >
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'From the blurb I got the impression it might be quite an interesting book. I was wrong. From the very first page I was annoyed!' Read full review >
  • Helen Treadwell - 'Overall a great read and definitely worth seeking out whether you have enjoyed her previous novels or are new to Freya North (if you are I envy you!)' Read full review >
  • Sharon Lowe - 'For me this was a step away from the usual books that I read, at first I found I a bit slow, but once I settled down, I began to enjoy it.' Read full review >
  • Nicola Kingswell -'A delightful exploration of what family and home really means.' Read full review >
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'Ultimately, The Way Back Home is pleasantly descriptive, but unfortunately not especially memorable.' Read full review >
  • Carla Senior - 'I was surprisingly drawn into the story of Oriana and found that it was a book I couldn't put down. Very much a feel good story...' Read full review >


The Way Back Home by Freya North

One summer, something happened that changed everything forever...We were who we were, the children of Windward - a little ragtaggle tribe defining the ethos and eccentricity of the place...Born and brought up in an artists' commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people. The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could take wing unchecked. But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen. And now, having been gone eighteen years, Oriana is back. This is their story.


Praise for Freya North 'An original, direct, funny voice
Independent on Sunday

'The novel is peopled by rich and rare characters ... a delicious creation, sparkling in every sense'
Daily Express

'This will make you smile, sigh and cheer as this story proves love can be found in the most unexpected places'
Sunday Express

'An addictive read that encompasses the stuff life is made of: love, sex, fidelity and, above all, friendship'

About the Author

Freya North

Freya North was our Guest Editor in June 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Freya North was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido – fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters.

In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. She is also a judge for the CPRE Rural Living Awards, and also an ambassador for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer. She is the author of 13 bestselling novels which have been translated into many languages.

To connect with Freya and hear about events, unique competitions and sneak previews of what she’s writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter or her website.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Freya North by Mary Hogarth.

Author pic © Charlotte Murphy

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Publication date

19th June 2014


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