About this book
In her 16th novel, Booker winner Penelope Lively again displays her mastery of different viewpoints as she explores the mystery of happy family life. One-by-one, six grown-up children return to their home-making mother and aloof writer father, and the house, Allersmead, that has played silent witness to the secrets of a family, and one secret in particular of which no-one speaks. An immensely satisfying read, strongly recommended. Some of her backlist titles are reissued this month to coincide.
Allersmead is a big shabby Victorian suburban house. The perfect place to grow up for elegant Sandra, difficult Gina, destructive Paul, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare. But was it?