join us on facebook make the most of Lovereading
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

The Last Boat Home by Dea Brovig
  

The Last Boat Home

Literary Fiction   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Else is a quiet, diligent Norwegian girl who becomes a confident mother/grandmother. The story starts with Else aged 17 giving birth, jumps 34 years to her present life and then swings back to the events leading up to conception. The chapters flow back and forth building a tragic picture of a traumatic childhood, beautifully portrayed. We have a brutal father, a judgemental pastor and a growing relationship with a farm boy. Then a circus comes to town and Else sees her escape. I’m not telling you if she does or not for you have to read this dramatic tale.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This atmospheric story opens in 1976 with Else in labour. Jump to 2009, and Else bumps into Lars, an old friend returned with his young family to the small Swedish town where they grew up. Else’s daughter Marianne now has a daughter of her own, both of whom live with her. As we move back and forth, Else’s story emerges, of her brutal alcoholic father, her abused mother, and of young love between Else and Lars, and of a summer of circuses and fun that was to end in tragedy.
~ The Good Book Guide

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander Mccall Smith

One very lucky winner will receive a signed copy by Alexander McCall Smith of his latest novel, The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 January 2018. The winner will be notified by 15th January 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/01/2018

Synopsis

The Last Boat Home by Dea Brovig

Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother's love. If you loved The Light Between Oceans or The Snow Child, this is for you. On the wind-swept southern coast of Norway, sixteen-year-old Else is out on the icy sea, dragging her oars through the waves while, above her, storm clouds are gathering. Surrounded by mountains, snow and white-capped water, she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life, of escape and faraway lands. Back on shore, her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew. In the Best Room, her mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer. Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated, God-fearing community they call home. Until one night changes everything. More than thirty years later, the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood. Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother's love.


Browse inside this book

Reviews

'The evocation of place is wonderful; the writing fresh, the storytelling assured... Dea Brovig vividly conjures up this Norwegian community and its terrible secrets and repressions. The story builds up with quiet power... with every word necessary.' -- Jill Dawson, author of The Great Lover and Lucky

'Bunny Brovig's debut novel, with its eerie atmosphere ... will leave an indelible mark on anyone who reads it. The Lady A very fine debut novel indeed. The numbing cold and harsh beauty of the landscape are sharply realised. The writing itself has the translucent clarity of the ever-present, icy-green Skagerrak. Recommended to book clubs for its portrayal of the sheer strength of women.' -- WI Life

'A dark, evocative novel that hinges on the cost and consequences of silence. The characters - their passions and their predicaments - stayed with me long after I'd put the book down.' -- Sarah Butler, author of Ten Things I've Learnt About Love

'A finely-written debut, as eloquent about mothers and daughters as it is about men and women, with an immediacy to the writing that makes both time - then and now - and place - a small Norwegian town - fully realised and tangibly present.' -- Stella Duffy


About the Author

Dea Brovig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of 17. After graduating from Leeds University, she worked in publishing in London for eight years. She graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2009. The Last Boat Home is her first novel.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

14th August 2014

Author

Dea Brovig

More books by Dea Brovig
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

deabrovig.com/

Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099559214

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools