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From a Distance by Raffaella Barker
  

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A family story that moves from 1946 Cornwall to present day Norfolk with some wonderful characters who do eventually link as their stories connect to a lighthouse. Lots of symbolism, lots of beauty in landscape and language and lots of emotion, it’s a lovely read. Something a little bit different, very rewarding and satisfying. Highly recommended.

If you like Raffaella Barker you might also like to read books by Sadie Jones, Louisa Young and Maggie O'Farrell.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In 1946, after years at war, Michael arrives back in Southampton, psychologically scarred. Unable to face his old life in Norfolk, he decides not to go home to his waiting fiancée and family, and instead heads to Cornwall to recover and heal his mental wounds. There he meets the beautiful Felicity… Fifty years on, Kit, who grew up in Cornwall, inherits a lighthouse in Norfolk on his mother’s death, and there he meets a wonderful array of people. This is a tale full of sadness and joy, of interconnected relationships, quirks of fate, and the importance of family.
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From a Distance by Raffaella Barker

April, 1946. Michael, a soldier, returns to Southampton on a troop ship. Brutalised and in shock, he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a train to the western tip of Cornwall, where his life is shaped by his heart and the fragmented Britain he has come back to. More than half a century later, Kit, an enigmatic stranger, arrives in Norfolk to take up his unwanted inheritance- a decommissioned lighthouse, half hidden in the shadows of the past, now sweeping its beam forward through time. According to Kit, his life is complete, and he doesn't wish to see anything the lighthouse's glare exposes. But the choice is out of his hands. Luisa, a second-generation Italian, has so far lived through her children and has reached a point of invisibility. The constant push and pull of family life has turned like the tide, and she is suspended, without direction. Kit and Luisa meet and neither can escape the inevitability of Michael's split-second decision at the Southampton docks. Moving between the post-war artists' colony around St Ives in Cornwall and present-day Norfolk, Raffaella Barker's new novel explores the secrets and flaws that shape our interactions across generations.

Reviews

Raffaella Barker is the most romantic and generous writer. Her writing manages to be domestic and glamorous simultaneously, and this is her best book yet - Louisa Young bestselling author of My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

One of the cleverest and freshest of British novelists - Daily Mail

She writes beautifully ... Combining, with apparent ease, emotion and admirable precision - Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Raffaella Barker, daughter of the poet George Barker, was born and brought up in the Norfolk countryside. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels: Come and Tell Me Some Lies, The Hook, Hens Dancing, Summertime, Green Grass, A Perfect Life and Poppyland. She has also written a novel for young adults, Phosphorescence. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph, and teaches on the Literature and Creative Writing BA at the University of East Anglia and the Guardian UEA Novel Writing Masterclass. Raffaella Barker lives by the sea in north Norfolk. www.raffaellabarker.co.uk

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30th November 1999

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Raffaella Barker

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Literary Fiction
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9781408833735

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