Lou Barrington, 23 years old and a single mother, feels she’s made a mess of her life. When her malicious grandmother dies leaving her fortune to the rest of the family and Lou the copyright for her grandfather’s books (which her grandmother considers worthless), Lou is determined to tackle her own unhappiness by making something out of her grandfather’s books. In discovering the secrets of her much-loved grandfather’s life, she finds herself and her destiny. This is much more than a family saga, by turns tragic and humorous. You’ll find yourself drawn into Lou’s world and gripped right to the last page.
When Constance Barrington dies, she leaves behind a wealthy estate and a complex family network. But when the whole family gathers to hear her last will and testament, they are in for a terrible shock. Constance - possessed of a long memory and a spiteful disposition - altered her will shortly before her death. The new provisions are far from fair; some benefit hugely and others hardly at all. Constance's granddaughter, Louise, is bequeathed the copyright for her late grandfather's novels (barely remembered, long-since out of print and valuable only as a reminder of the man she loved). It is a paltry inheritance and one that comes to symbolise the inequity at the heart of the Barrington family.
Soon, old family feuds and long-hidden resentments come to the surface - and with them, secrets start to emerge. But it is through Louise's inheritance - those dusty, long-forgotten books - that the most explosive secret of all will come to light, bringing with it a very different future for her and the rest of the family.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'I love books about books. I love books with interesting plots and well-written dialog that makes you want to read without interruption. A Hidden Life has all of this. I encourage everyone to read it!' - EX LIBRIS
Publication date: 08/08/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||8th August 2007|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
Adele Geras was born in Jerusalem in 1944. Her first book appeared in 1976, since when she has published 80 books for children and young adults. She is the mother of two daughters, and lives with her husband in Manchester.More About Adele Geras