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The Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot-Wright

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2009 and we are told on about page ten that there is a secret in the narrator’s past. 1976 we flash back to find what that secret is so the book builds to a climax and back to 2009 where the consequence of the secret is played out into 2010. This is a poignant, powerful tale which leaves you questioning how you would react in the circumstances, a difficult problem well told and interestingly realised.

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The Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot-Wright

It was a summer of love, and a summer of secrets… She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit. Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. Scott knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will. And so we are taken back to that long hot summer of 1976 to a house by the sea, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed…

About the Author

Susan Elliot-Wright

Susan Elliot Wright grew up in Lewisham in south-east London, left school at 16 and married unwisely at 18. She didn't begin to pursue her childhood dream of writing until she left her unhappymarriage and went to university at the age of 30. After gaining a degree inEnglish, she decided to choose a new name, and began flicking through the phonebook for ideas. She settled on Elliot and changed her name by deed poll. Then she met 'Mr Right' (actually, Mr Wright) to whom she is now happily married. She has an MAin Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, where she is now an Associate Lecturer.

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8th May 2014


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Simon & Schuster Ltd


384 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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