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Continental Drift by Libby Purves


Continental Drift by Libby Purves

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see yourselves clearly . . .Henry is a young, hip, radio DJ; Philip is an ex-MP ruined by scandal and disowned by his party; Diana, his long-suffering wife; Marianne's replaced her husband with chocolate eclairs and gin; and Lizzie is battling with illness. When Eva, a naive and happy Polish backpacker comes into their lives, the values of their comfortable world clash with those of Eastern Europe. And the five English characters find comedy, tragedy and romance unfolding with bewildering speed.


Clever, humane, elegant and wise * The Times * beautifully written story, rich in evocative language and emotion. * Good Book Guide * For three-quarters of its course, the novel is pure late Shakespeare . . . A comedy of manners . . . drawn with skill and humour. * David Robson, Sunday Telegraph * Praise for MOTHER COUNTRY:'Purves's great skill is her ability to marry her cultural and historical insights with her characters
personal development

- all wrapped up in a well-paced detective story. . . . Engrossing.' * Joanna Hunter, The Times * Her novels are . . . good-natured, perceptive accounts of family dilemmas. * The Lady *

About the Author

Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada What the Papers Say Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.

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Publication date

2nd February 2004


Libby Purves

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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