Haunting novel about time and identity set in post-war 'fast set' Britain. A brilliant new novel that is quite different from the wonderful Ferney but which has some of the same qualities. Memory and coincidence play a strong part as the narrator, himself trying to escape a passionate relationship, endeavours to piece together the remarkable life of the man who used to own an old trunk, stuffed with letters, bought in a street market. Racing driver, lover, officer, but maybe not gentleman, con-man, liar, thief -- as the fascinating portrait of the trunk's owner evolves, so the narrator is drawn deeper and deeper into a story with strange connections to his own life.
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This is a book that has meant a lot to me, perhaps mostly because much of it has its roots in real life. I did buy just such a trunk, telling the story of just such a man. I researched his story for years and one day realised that I had been present at a central, tragic event in his life when his sister-in-law, driving his Tojeiro-Jaguar car, crashed to her death in front of me.About the Author:
James Long is the author of many books, historical fiction, non-fiction and thrillers. A former BBC correspondent, he lives in Bristol. He appears regularly at literary festivals where readers always want to discuss his best-known novel, 'Ferney,' which has been published and republished by three different publishers over the years. Quercus have now published the sequel to 'Ferney' - 'The Lives She Left behind.' You can read more about James's books on his website, jameslongbooks.com
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110006510949