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22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
  

22 Britannia Road

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In war we sometimes lose ourselves... It is 1946 and Silvana and eight-year-old Aurek board a ship that will take them from Poland to England. Silvana has not seen her husband Janusz in six years, but, they are assured, he has made them a home in Ipswich.

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Synopsis

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

After living wild in the forests for years, carrying a terrible secret, all Silvana knows is that she and Aurek are survivors. Everything else is lost. While Janusz, a Polish soldier who has criss-crossed Europe during the war, hopes his family will help put his own dark past behind him. But the war and the years apart will always haunt each of them unless they together confront what they were compelled to do to survive.

Reviews

The characters are so convincing and the writing's so unshowily accomplished that it soon becomes something gripping. An admirable debut * Daily Mail * [A] powerful debut * Sunday Times Culture Magazine * A most accomplished first novel. Powerful story-telling and entirely convincing in its evocation of post-war England. Very good * Penelope Lively * Keep your Kleenex handy reading 22 Britannia Road * Grazia * Convincing and touchingly portrayed * Independent on Sunday * Lose yourself in this beautiful tragic tale * Stylist * A riveting historical novel, set in post-WWII England, about a Polish couple reunited after enduring - and committing - crimes of love and war. * O, the Oprah Magazine * An affecting story, extremely well told * The Times * A stark and beautiful book, alive to the compromises, deceptions and passions that traumatic situations can demand from the most circumspect of people * Marie Claire * A haunting debut that eschews sensationalism and unfurls with quiet delicacy * Easy Living * [An] ambitious debut * Financial Times * Riveting, luminous * The New York Times Book Review *


About the Author

I was born in the mid 1960s in Somerset to a wonderfully optimistic and very young, hippy couple who were both artists and dreamed of living the good life. My mother wove fabric to make our clothes. My father was a potter and made all our cups and bowls and plates. We didn’t have any money but we ate off pretty plates and my clothes were unusual to say the least.

When I five years old, we moved to a small fishing village in Essex and my memories of childhood are of shingle beaches and mudflats, grey-green heather colouring the wide salt marshes that surrounded the village, and the never ending call of seagulls.

We collected samphire off the marshes and dug for cockles at low tide. We gathered mussels and razor clams, winkles and oysters. My father bought a boat and took me with him on fishing trips.

I learnt about the tides’ ebb and flow and the moon’s effect on them. I laughed at tourists who parked their cars by the quay where the incoming tide always flooded the road waist high, the water finally receding at the boatyard where the locals parked their cars.

And then aged ten, I turned my back on the sea and fell in love with books. My parents opened a second hand book shop and our home filled up with cardboard boxes full of books. There were four of us children by then and my elder brother and I were left to care for our younger siblings while our parents ran the shop. My brother sat in his room playing guitar. My younger brother and sister watched TV for hours on end and I rummaged through cardboard boxes full of books and read and read and read. I think it was then that I decided I wanted to be a writer.
Many years later, with two children of my own and a long line of jobs under my belt, I finally decided to follow my dream. I took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and started to write seriously. After that, I followed another dream, this time my husband’s. We moved to south west France to live. I thought I would finally have the time to write my novel but we bought a wreck of a house and I spent the first few years of our new life mixing concrete. We also had to learn French, settle our daughters into French school and deal with the ups and downs of a new life miles away from friends and family.

Finally though, we did it. We all learned French and we did all settle in and make a real home here. And I finished the novel…

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2012

Author

Amanda Hodgkinson

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141399676

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