The Great North Road

The Great North Road

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Newcastle, 1953. Two new mothers make a pact that will resonate for generations to come. Together Greta and Sylvia decide to flee their old lives, and abandon their newborn babies. Eventually, though, teenager Sylvia is drawn back to her estranged family a€“ to her daughter and the boy she still loves. But then her baby vanishes, and a whole cast of characters, including Greta, comes under suspicion. The Great North Road is an epic literary voyage through the storied landscapes of northern England, through tragedy and comedy, to the darker reaches of human behaviour. Compassionate and unfailingly dramatic, it is a searing and addictive debut novel. a€˜A gothic, surreal melodrama . . . perceptive and affectionatea€™ Ann Cleeves 'An absolute treat to read. I havena€™t been so captivated by a writera€™s voice since I read Kate Atkinsona€™s Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Annabel DorAca€™s going straight onto my list of favourite authorsa€™ Kate Long, author of The Bad Mothera€™s HandbookWhile Katherine hung half-washed clothes on makeshift lines, Greta did the manual work, hitching and unhitching the caravan, cranking the lorry, building fires. Sorties into shops were swift and nerve-racking. Both faces had graced nationalanbsp;...

Title:The Great North Road
Author:Annabel Dore
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2011-05-06


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