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The Lives She Left Behind

by James Long

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Lives She Left Behind

Ferney was one of my all time favourite books of the year it was published, 1998. It tells of a love through the ages, a tale of reincarnation, passion, longing, history and mystery. This is its sequel. Extraordinary. You do not have to have read Ferney first but I would highly recommend that you do so. This is a modern day love story bound up in the memory of past lives. It brilliantly brings together all the loose threads to a fulfilling conclusion that leaves a shiver down your back. To reunite the characters again, James Long has a school out, an archaeological dig, a busy mother and a mystified teacher all there to join up Ferney and Gally. You’ll find it difficult to put down.

In a recent interview with The Bookseller, James Long explained that it had been a challenge writing a sequel to Ferney  that would also work as a standalone novel for new readers. Long said that "you either bore people with the complexity of the scenario who already know about it, or you baffle them." Happily for us, after the first drafts, he hit upon a clever solution...

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

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The Lives She Left Behind Synopsis

In a Somerset village, a teenage boy confronts a teacher with a story he should know nothing about. The boy's impossible knowledge uncovers memories Michael Martin has done his utmost to forget - and soon propels him into danger. As Martin confronts his past once more, three girls arrive in the village of Pen Selwood, one of them drawn by an ancient instinct to find a man called Ferney. Her actions reignite a love story, an instinct that cannot be broken, irrespective of the hurt and danger it brings to those around them...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781471143151
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: James Long
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Family Drama
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James Long Press Reviews

Below is a review of The Lives he Left Behind by a Lovereading member...

'Ferney by James Long was published in 1998. The Lives She Left Behind is the long-awaited sequel, published fourteen years later in 2012, which continues the magical story of Ferney & Gally. This sequel tells the story of two teenagers, Luke and Jo, who are, in fact, the reincarnated Ferney and Gally.  It is impossible to stop turning the pages until they have found each other and have resolved the many issues which face them and those around them. The book is well written with some beautiful lines throughout.  Ferney’s joy and relief at remembering Gally are expressed in these words – “she came bursting out of the same lost past, a miracle, to stand there beside the teacher where she should never have been.  The girl with a hundred faces now had only one.” Integral with the ongoing love story of Ferney and Gally, and the historical detail which accompanies it, is the story of Mike.  He was Gally’s husband in the previous book and is now being investigated for murder.  This is unthinkable and, after some anxious moments, it is resolved cleverly and satisfactorily thanks to the return of Gally. This book is a worthy successor to Ferney – it has been well worth the long wait to find out what happened to Ferney & Gally.  I loved both books.' Hilary Stookes

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Praise for James Long:

 

'engaging time-slip love story ... Definitely one for fans of The Time Traveller's Wife'
The Bookseller

'Romantic, heart-breaking and gripping, this is a worthy successor to satisfy the many fans of the original' Woman's Weekly

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ISBN: 9781471143151
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780878539
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780875323
Publication date: 27/09/2012
Format: Hardback

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About James Long

James Long was a BBC TV news correspondent until the end of the 1980s. After two years starting and running an international TV station out of Zurich, he returned to England to concentrate on writing, which had always been his first love. He wrote four thrillers, then went back to a story he had begun many years earlier and which grew into Ferney. The book was originally born from his disappointment at being unable to buy a derelict cottage he had found near the village of Penselwood and that house became the centre of the story. Many more novels followed, ...

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