Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas. The year 1936 is drawing to a close. Winter grips Wetmoreland and causes a rare phenonmenon: The lakes freeze. For two local families, the Richardsons and the Grindleys, this will bring unexpected upheaval, as the frozen lake entices long-estranged siblings and children to return home for the holiday season.
Some are aware of what is happening in Europe; others don't want to know. Everyone's keen to put aside their troubles - money worries, love tangles, career problems, domestic rifts - and enjoy themselves skating while they can. But one visitor carries the seed of violence, and not even the redoubtable matriarch of the Richardson clan can prevent the carefully buried secrets of the past from reappearing and transforming everything.
A compelling blend of family closeness and strife, dazzling passion and the dark influence of history, this is an enthralling listen to curl up and savour.
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Elizabeth Edmondson (1948–2016) was born in Chile, educated in Calcutta, London and Oxford, and worked in EFL publishing before turning her hand to writing novels. She had more than thirty books published in a variety of genres, but her lifelong preoccupation was on the one hand with English manners and eccentricities, and on the other with the conflicts of the thirties, the Cold War and espionage, in all of which her family had been involved. The Very English Mysteries, her last series, brought all of these preoccupations together in stories of the fictional cathedral city of Selchester, full of spies, gossip and goings-on. A lifelong nomad, she lived in five countries and six English counties, founded a youth orchestra, rode horses, rang bells, enjoyed Baroque music and was never without an enormous collection of books, a wardrobe of sleek clothes, and the latest gadgets. A Matter Of Loyalty, left unfinished at her death in January 2016, has been finished by her son, Anselm Audley, also a published novelist. Anselm Audley is a fourth-generation writer whose antecedents include authors, linguists, spies and even a dictator. He grew up chiefly in cathedrals, lived in an assortment of historic English towns and landscapes, and was educated at Oxford and the British School at Rome. His passions are stories, landscapes and the past, with honourable mentions for making music, ringing bells and sailing the ocean blue. He now lives in yet another cathedral city. Anselm is the author of four fantasy novels with a historical twist. More recently, he has written three non-fiction Kindle Singles, combining storytelling with historical understanding to bring the real predicaments of historical figures to life. He also worked as editor and informal story consultant on the two previous books in the Very English Mysteries series.
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Book Description HARPER COLLINS 0 PUB, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007184859
Book Description HARPER COLLINS 0 PUB. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0007184859 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1011075