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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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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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Synopsis

From a Distance by Raffaella Barker

Bruised and brutalised by war, Michael returns to England on a troop ship, unable to face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a train heading to the western tip of Cornwall. In doing so he changes his destiny. More than fifty years later, Kit, a charming stranger, arrives in a coastal Norfolk village to take up his inheritance - a decommissioned lighthouse, half hidden in the shadows of the past. Meanwhile Luisa falters in the flow of her life as her children begin to fly the nest and she is left suspended, without direction. When Kit and Luisa meet, neither can escape the consequences of Michael's split-second decision made all those decades ago.

Reviews

'Wonderful writer ... Incredible books' David Baldacci, New York Times

'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 I love Raffaella Barker's books' Maggie O'Farrell

'[A] dreamy poetic novel, full of references to Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse ... Beautifully written ... Perfect for a hammock on a sunny day' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

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

'Poetic New York Times Raffaella Barker is a writer of talent' Times Literary Supplement

'To write well and with such open-hearted affection is an achievement' Observer

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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Publication date

7th May 2015

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Raffaella Barker

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Paperback
336 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9781408854150

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