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Songs of Blue and Gold by Deborah Lawrenson

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In the horseshoe bay of Kalami in Corfu, a love affair begins between a novelist and a woman escaping scandal. Years later, her daughter Melissa, running from her own past, returns to the island. Melissa's life in England is in disarray.

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Songs of Blue and Gold by Deborah Lawrenson

Sometimes the key to the future lies in the past...In the horseshoe bay of Kalami in Corfu, a tumultuous love affair begins between a renowned novelist and a woman escaping scandal. Years later, her daughter Melissa, running from her own past, returns to the island...Melissa's life in England is in disarray. There are cracks in her perfect marriage, and her elderly mother, Elizabeth, is losing her memory and slowly drifting away. In the last glimmers of lucidity, Elizabeth presents her daughter with a gift that suggests a very secret history - one that leads Melissa to Kalami, where Julian Adie, poet, traveller and novelist, once lived.But what is the connection between Adie - an alluring hedonist who discarded four wives - and Melissa's mother Elizabeth? As Melissa chases Adie's shadow across the golden places he loved, she finds her mother may not have been the person she thought. Forced to question morality, loyalty and her own unwillingness to let love in, Melissa is gradually led to a dramatic re-evaluation of her own life.

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Evocative and beautifully written -- Katie Fforde

About the Author

Deborah Lawrenson

Deborah Lawrenson was our Guest Editor in August 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Deborah Lawrenson spent her childhood moving around the world with diplomatic service parents, from Kuwait to China, Belgium, Luxembourg and Singapore. She graduated from Cambridge University and worked as a journalist in London. She is the author of five previous novels, including The Art of Falling, chosen for the prestigious WHSmith Fresh Talent promotion, and Songs of Blue and Gold, inspired by the life of writer-traveller Lawrence Durrell.

Deborah is married with a daughter, and lives in Kent. The family spends as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, which is the atmospheric setting for The Lantern.

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7th August 2008


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Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone


448 pages


Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Adult & contemporary romance
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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