Synopsis, if anyone is interested. Also available on www.rbooks.co.uk there is also an online chat with the author on 4th Sept.
Sometimes the key to the future lies in the past . . . In the horseshoe bay of
Kalami in Corfu, a tumultuous love affair begins between a renowned novelist
and a woman escaping scandal. Years later, her daughter Melissa, running from
her own past, returns to the island Melissas life in England is in disarray.
There are cracks in her perfect marriage, and her elderly mother, Elizabeth, is
losing her memory and slowly drifting away. In the last glimmers of lucidity,
Elizabeth presents her daughter with a gift that suggests a very secret history
one that leads Melissa to Kalami, where Julian Adie, poet, traveller and
novelist, once lived. But what is the connection between Adie an alluring
hedonist who discarded four wives and Melissas mother Elizabeth? As Melissa
chases Adies shadow across the golden places he loved, she finds her mother may
not have been the person she thought. Forced to question morality, loyalty and
her own unwillingness to let love in, Melissa is gradually led to a dramatic
re-evaluation of her own life.
Message posted by michandhel on 19 August 2008 at 10:16pm - IP Logged
That sounds great - so glad I called up this topic. Will definitely pick that up before I go in two weeks time.
I'd finally decided to have a go at writing myself this year when I'm there and wasn't going to buy a book to read, but just spend the whole time writing. It's always been a dream of mine to write a novel and, although I've no idea whether it would be good enough for publishing, I thought it was time I stopped dreaming about it and actually had a go. I have the blueprint all ready and it was going to be partly set in Corfu - not Kalami itself but that region. I keep a diary when I travel and love to write.
Now I have a dilemma. I don't want not to read it and I don't want it to influence what I had planned to write! I was planning on buying a Bill Bryson so that I had a book to read in case I had writer's block (expected that to be most of the time!) but not sure what to do now!
Has anyone read it yet and can recommend it?
Message posted by GeorgieG on 20 August 2008 at 3:10pm - IP Logged
Have just started reading it and so far it's got me hooked!
Personally, I haven't been to Kalami, despite having lived on the north coast since last November but now once the season is finished (and work has finished!) I am looking forward to visiting the places mentioned in the book.
Definately buy the book in the UK, I paid 13 euros in Kassiopi! (Having said that, it's probably worth it!)
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