Suffolk, 1939: Julia is a young wife and mother, whose husband Richard's good looks mask his crashing conventionality. When she falls for the dashing but unreliable documentary filmmaker Dougie she gives up her staid, provincial life and moves to London to live a bohemian life with him, unwittingly and agonisingly losing the right to see her young son along the way. In London she quickly realises how useless and unskilled she is at anything, and the great romance is not all it seemed. But then the war intervenes, a new sense of purpose arrives, and Julia discovers she has a rare gift
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Heart-wrenching. . .convincingandintoxicating. . . Julia is a veryEnglish Anna Karenina. . . An unromantic love story that feelshonestandsearing.
The Times||Vivid,candid,engaging. Sohonest.
Helen Dunmore||What makes this story stand out is itsabsolute honesty. There is no false sentimentality, plenty ofunflinching observationand someexcellent writing. . . herdetail is truly superb. Wartime Britain has beenrarely so skilfully evoked.
Daily Mail||Beautifully observedandwritten,I loved it.
Woman and Home||Elizabeth Wilhide writes aboutuniversal emotionswithgreat tendernessandimagination.
Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days||I adored this book . . . touching and very compelling.
Penny Vincenzi on Ashenden||A rich and absorbing social history
Financial Times on Ashenden||Wilhide excels at minor social details. Well-observed.
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