Sutherland, Titia An Accidental Life

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An Accidental Life

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On a cold January day, Philip Stavely, an actor, is killed during a shooting party. The inquest brings a verdict of accidental death, but his wife, Ellie, is convinced it was suicide. It is not until she discovers the truth about Philip that she is able to lay down the ghosts of the past.

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On a stark and cold January day, Philip Stavely, successful actor, screenwriter and family man, is killed during a shooting party, leaving behind his wife, Ellie, and three children aged between nine and twenty-one. Although the inquest brings in a verdict of accidental death, Ellie is convinced it was suicide and feels driven to discover the cause. Their once happy marriage had deteriorated in recent years for reasons she was unable to fathom and, although she had begun in recent years to suspect an affair, only their eldest daughter, Cassandra, had stumbled on the truth.

Still living in the lovely old country house where they had made their home, Ellie struggles to come to terms with the tragedy and, almost imperceptibly, finds herself becoming involved with her husband's elder brother, a gentle man who for years had secretly loved her. As she and the children try to rebuild their lives in their own varying ways, so individual traumas came to a head, and it is not until Ellie learns the truth about Philip that she is able to lay the ghosts of the past to rest, and decide on a new and happier future.

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Her husband's death has been ruled accidental, but Ellie is convinced that he committed suicide. As she remembers her life, she struggles with the suspicion that her daughter knows the truth about her father's death. Carole Boyd slips easily into the role of Ellie and follows her thinking with easy vocal expression. She offers no dramatics but lets the listener await the outcome. Listening to this is a satisfying experience. J.P. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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