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The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan

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Louise goes to Thailand after the Boxing Day tsunami and finds a dead woman clutching her mother’s bag who seems to be a travel journalist, Claire. We backtrack to Claire’s story of childlessness, a failed marriage and her love for a man whose family is full of awful secrets. How this ties up with Louise’s mother makes for a thrilling, devastating read. The plot is convoluted and involved but highly satisfying and highly recommended.

If you like Tracy Buchanan you might also like to read books by Louise Douglas, Santa Montefiore and Jessica Thompson.

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The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan

How far would you go for the one you love the most? When Louise Fenton flies to Thailand to find her mother, Nora, after the Boxing Day tsunami, she fears the worst when the only trace she can find is her mother's distinctive bag. In the bag is a beautifully crafted atlas owned by travel journalist Claire Shreve, with her notes and mementos slipped in-between the pages. The journal tells the story of Claire's struggle to find her place in the world following a life-altering revelation, and a tumultuous love affair. Louise treks across Thailand's scarred landscape, exploring Claire's atlas to try to make sense of the connection between this woman and the mother she is so desperate to find. As devastated people are beginning to put their lives back together, Louise uncovers the secrets that nearly destroyed Claire and the man she loved - the same secrets her mother has been guarding all these years ...THE ATLAS OF US will take you on a moving and enthralling journey across the globe, and into the most intimate spaces in a relationship. And it will find its way into your heart.


Praise for Tracy Buchanan

'A pacy read ... A great book to take to the beach!

`An amazing novel that encompasses love, betrayal, faith and trust. I admit I cried more than once . . . I have never read a more gut wrenchingly honest portrayal of love in all its forms. Unforgettable.

`I loved, loved, LOVED The Atlas of Us!

`An intricately woven mystery-within-a-mystery full of twists and surprises

`Takes you on an enthralling voyage around the world

`I think it'll connect with a lot of women out there.

`Oh my days, Milo! *dreamy sigh* The first meeting between Claire and Milo is utterly electric; the chemistry between the two is intense and yet their romance feels authentic and builds at a natural pace, and I was soon swept up in it.

`Truly, one of the most powerful and exquisite romances I've ever read.

`The Atlas of Us is a passionate, beautiful and heart-wrenching tale about loss and new beginnings that will haunt you long after you've turned the last page.

`An emotionally-charged new novel

`An ambitious and deeply poignant story that will take you into another world

`I was left absolutely traumatised in a totally brilliant way ... Beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting ... Really worth a read


`I could see it playing out like a movie as I was reading ... I loved it

`A compelling, page turning read about secrets in families and the unwitting consequences ... I was completely hooked . . . Sad, powerful and absorbing
Julia Williams

`A compelling and emotional read that pulled me in - full of intrigue and secrets. A riveting story that I know will stay with me for a very long time
Alexandra Brown

About the Author

Tracy Buchanan

Tracy Buchanan is a web journalist and producer who lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, their little girl and their one-eyed Jack Russell. Tracy travelled extensively while working as a travel magazine editor, sating the wanderlust she developed while listening to her Sri Lankan grandparents' childhood stories - the same wanderlust that now inspires her writing.

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21st July 2014


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AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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