FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LAST ORDERS AND MOTHERING SUNDAY, reissued for the first time in Scribner In 1972, Robert Beech, First World War veteran and prominent figure in the arms industry, is killed by a car bomb. The event cuts short the career of his son Harry, a news photographer, and comes close to destroying his granddaughter Sophie. Ten years later, Harry, now working in aerial photography, and Sophie, visiting an analyst in New York, remain scarred and divided by the event.
One of twelve essential novels being reissued by Picador in a beautiful new series style, to celebrate 40 years of outstanding international writing. Picador has been publishing the finest fiction from across the globe since 1972. This new series is part of a number of Picador's publishing initiatives to celebrate the anniversary.
On a midsummer's night Paula lies awake, her husband of years asleep beside her. The next day, she knows, will redefine all their lives. Recalling the years before and after her children were born, she begins her story which is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving acknowledgement of the fear of loss, illusions and secrets.
Welcome to your Heart's Desire.
It was a busy day on Lake Chicopee. But it was an eclectic bunch of sightseers and tourists that had the strange local residents rubbing their hands with delight.
There was Calvin Dieb, the lawyer setting up the property deal, who'd lost his car keys; there was Linda Lochuck, the tabloid journalist who could smell that big, sensational story; there was dumpy Janice DeWecoe, who was just on a walking holiday but who longed for love. But, most promising of all, there was Wesley Higgins, the young man from Birmingham, England, who was there because he knew about the legend of the ghost of Okeewana and what she promised. Just immerse yourself in the waters of the lake and receive your heart's desire.
The only drawback was that it was Okeewana who decided just what that was . . .
And it isn't always what you have in mind. Ask the ghost of Talks with Squirrels, the Indian brave who still dwells hereabouts. Or those very polite Vikings whose boat keeps on sinking.