Her The Rose of Sebastopol was a Richard and Judy choice and due to its obvious success the publishers have astutely reissued one of her earlier book, originally published in 1997 but sure to have been missed by her many new fans. Set in Suffolk and full of English charm and nostalgia this is the story of a woman researching for a book on her grandfather and finding repressed or misplaced love that echoes down the ages.
The women in Helena Mayrick's family have always led secretive and tragic lives, and when Helena's comfortable marriage is devastated by her husband's violent death, it seems that she, too, is locked into the cycle.
Helena is invited to research a book on her grandfather, H. Donaldson, the celebrated Edwardian photographer. At first she is reluctant to immerse herself in family history, particularly as Donaldson's relationship with her grandmother, Ruth, is shrouded in mystery and turmoil.
But gradually, as the story of enigmatic Ruth and the elusive, passionate Donaldson unfolds, Helena finds that the past, like the present, was shaped by cruel dilemmas and the demands of love...
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||8th January 2009|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Katharine McMahon was our Guest Editor in April 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Katharine McMahon is the author of seven historical novels including The Alchemist’s Daughter, a Waterstone’s Paperback of the Year in 2006, the bestselling Rose of Sebastopol, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2008, and The Crimson Rooms. She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick. She lives in Hertfordshire. She relies on ...More About Katharine McMahon