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The tale of an immigrant's experiences in England, Natasha Solomons describes a story of the sea, of love lost and found, and of a novel hidden inside a viola.
When they started coming for people like us, I was forced to swap my life of champagne and glittering parties in bohemian Vienna for the cap and apron of a parlour maid in a country house on the Dorset coast.
I knew nothing about England, except that I wouldn't like it. But then, clutching a copy of Mrs Beeton`s Household management that I could barely read, I saw Tyneford for the first time. That great house on the bay, where servants polished the silver and served drinks on the lawn, where Kit caused an outrage by dancing with me, where Mr Rivers read the letter on the beach that changed everything.
And now the house and that world is gone. All that remains is my story of the sea, of love lost and found, and of a novel hidden inside a viola.
'Utterly charming and very funny'
Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
'An unususal, comedy-rich novel... a treat of a book'.
'a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain'.
'Prepare to be seriously charmed'.
About the Author
Natasha's first novel, Mr Rosenblum's List was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards, and has been translated into ten languages. She and her husband have written the screenplay for Cowboy Films/Film 4.
Solomons treats with gentle comedy a topic more usually framed as stark tragedy, but does not let us forget what sort of life awaited those Jews who survived the Holocaust...Pick of the Week. - Sydney Morning HeraldThis month s must read...a quirky, sweet debut. - Marie Claire The novel is warm and charming, a fairytale set in idyllic English countryside. Solomons proves to be a skilled nature writer and observer of people s foibles. - Sunday Age A warm cuddle of a debut novel. - The Herald Sun and The Daily Telegraph Read of the week...The themes are serious displacement, alienation, discrimination but Solomons has a gentle way with powerful ideas. - The Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 22nd March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 14.0 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1