A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists however you don't need to read these two books in sequence to feel at home. The focus is Nancy, the daughter of the main characters from the prequel, at the start of the novel, Nancy is 12, she has a secret gift she calls ‘the Uncanny’ which is set to help but also to haunt her. Rosie Thomas covers complex emotions and feelings, yet writes with simplicity and clarity. Her engaging cast, from the occupants of the Victorian variety hall through to the higher echelons of society feel undeniably vibrant and real. Extremely readable, poignant and moving, this is an entertaining and enjoyable novel.
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
A stunning novel from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE KASHMIR SHAWL London 1919 Born into a down-at-heel family, Nancy Wix is more than her past dictates - more ambitious than the daughter of a faded showman, more original than a woman who will be confined by polite conventions. The end of the Great War has left a stricken London on the brink of an uncertain future, and with their hard-won freedoms now in doubt Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies. At a time when shattered families are struggling to let go of their dead, Nancy discovers she has a gift that offers hope to the loved ones of the lost generation, and a chance encounter reveals a way in which she might use it for her own ends. As Nancy struggles to break free from the rigid bonds of society and find her place in the world, the only thing that could hold her back is her love for an unattainable man...
Closing date: 31/08/2018
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'Wonderful...a spellbinding, romantic story'
WOMAN AND HOME
'Vintage Thomas, with all her trademark richness and depth ... The thinking woman's popular novelist'
'An atmospheric tale of a woman breaking boundaries in early 20th-century London'
'Lush and satisfying ... Brimming with magic, love and brilliantly realized characters'
'A gorgeous glimpse of the 1920s'
Praise for THE ILLUSIONISTS:
'Love, seduction, magic and illusion collide as Rosie Thomas takes us on a spellbinding journey through an extremely shadowy world'
'A brilliant Gothic mix of glitter and grime and so atmospheric you can almost see the pea-soupers'
'Always engaging: a beautifully written novel that will magic you away to the seedy streets of turn-of-the-century London'
Stylist Praise for The Kashmir Shawl:
'A superbly researched and vivid evocation of wartime Kashmir and Ladakh'
'A spellbinding tale. Beautifully written, honest and compassionate...a delight from start to finish'
'An epic tale...A complicated entanglement of family secrets, love during wartime and dangerous liaisons. For fans of Maggie O'Farrell'
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 30/07/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||19th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Rosie Thomas is the author of a number of celebrated novels, including the bestsellers The Kashmir Shawl, Sun at Midnight, Iris and Ruby and Constance. Once she was established as a writer and her children were grown, she discovered a love of travelling and mountaineering. She has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia. She lives in London. Author photo © Sven ArnsteinMore About Rosie Thomas