Canvey Island

by James Runcie

eBooks of the Month Family Drama

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Each chapter is narrated by alternating characters which gives the novel extra depth as we see events from the point of view of the particular person narrating. With the passing of time from post World War II England through to modern day we see how tragic events on one stormy night effect a family through the following years. A brilliant way of telling a story and completely absorbing, this book really drew me in to the characters making me experience every emotion with them. 

Canvey Island Synopsis

It is 1953 in Canvey Island. Len and Violet are at a dance. Violet’s husband George sits and watches them sway and glide across the dance floor, his mind far away, trapped by a war that ended nearly ten years ago. Meanwhile, at home, a storm rages and Len’s wife Lily and his young son Martin fight for their lives in the raging black torrent. The night ends in a tragedy that will reverberate through their lives. This poignant novel follows the family’s fortunes from the austerity of the post-war years to Churchill’s funeral, from Greenham Common to the onset of Thatcherism and beyond, eloquently capturing the very essence of a transforming England in the decades after the war. It is a triumph of understated emotion, a novel about growing up and growing old, about love, hope and reconciliation.

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ISBN: 9780747585831
Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747585831
Publication date: 2nd April 2007
Author: James Runcie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About James Runcie

James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker and the author of seven novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death, the first in 'The Granchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012, soon followed by Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night, Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins and Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation. In October 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-gime series starring James Norton as Sidney Chambers, with the second season airing in March 2016. In May 2016 James Runcie became Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4. He lives in London and ...

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