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by LibbyPurves (Author)


Catherine and Caroline, Toby and Mark were globetrotting siblings: British 'diplo-brats', whose childhood homes lay in Italy or Israel, France or Washington DC - wherever their father was posted at the time. But all that was years ago. Now Catherine is approaching middle-age, married to a life of cheeseparing selflessness looking after young offenders on a chilly organic farm; Mark is a prim supermarket executive, Caroline a wealthy Kensington wife, and Toby - well, Toby is a problem. The joker in the pack. He always was. Amid growing tensions, marriage-fatigue and unspoken resentments, the apparent tragedy of Toby's disappearance jolts his sisters and brother into making angry, anxious journeys: from California to Flanders, back in time and into their own hearts.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Flame
Published: 20 Jan 2003

ISBN 10: 0340829885
ISBN 13: 9780340829882
Book Overview: A perceptive novel from our favourite chronicler of the dilemmas of modern family life

Media Reviews
A feel-good novel ... hilarious ... humorous ... fabulously incisive * Independent *
Purves' novel of ordinary lives is compelling, her perceptions are acute ... sophisticated and skilful * Daily Telegraph *
Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter * Valerie Grove, The Times *
Author Bio
Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada What the Papers Say Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.