A gripping story from start to finish as we follow the young Barbara on her journey from rural Ireland to travelling to France with the Finch family as their au pair. The family has its problems with young Matilda
Finch constantly ill. Barbara starts to suspect that one of the parents is responsible for the child's frequent illnesses and so begins an unravelling of emotions, lies and secrets.
Now she is eighteen, Barbara leaves home in Ireland hoping to escape from the memory of the tragic death of her little brother, and begin a new life as an au pair in London looking after young Matilda Finch. Almost as soon as she arrives in London, the family announce they are off to the Camargue in France for the summer taking Barbara with them. She is soon aware that she is one of a long string of au pairs and that the Finch family has problems: Olivia is beautiful but brittle; her husband John stiflingly affable, and their daughter is constantly ill.
Over the summer, Barbara’s sexuality is awakened by someone who leads her to believe that she could be falling in love for the first time. Yet when she confides her doubts about the Finches, she realises she has illuminated issues far beyond her own understanding, and that the consequences will be devastating.
Set in the eerie salt marshes of southern France, inhabited by the famous white horses, flamingos and black bulls, I Remember is a remarkable story of deception, passion and ultimate redemption.
Publication date: 03/04/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||3rd April 2009|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
Noëlle Harrison was born in London in the sixties to an Irish mother. Most of her childhood was spent in the home counties - Surrey, the Cotswolds, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire – where her mother worked as a housekeeper. Noëlle began writing plays in the early nineties. She moved to Dublin in 1991, and shortly afterwards set up Aurora, a collaborative theatre company, working with actors, artists, film makers, dancers and musicians. She has written four plays, Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, and Runaway Wife, and most recently The Good Sister. In 1997 Noëlle moved to the Irish ...More About Noelle Harrison