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After You`ve Gone

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Author Joan Lingard
Rights World English
ISBN 9780749012090
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Set in Edinburgh, After You’ve Gone is a moving story about a woman torn between her husband and another man in 1920s society.


Willa is a polite and respectable young woman, trying to cope with the tedium of her life whilst her husband is away on a year-long cruise with the Navy. Living with a controlling mother-in-law only serves to fuel her sense of claustrophobia. Her only escape is to submerge herself in books, and at her local library she meets Richard, a charming and intelligent young writer who shares her passion for reading. As their relationship blossoms, it begins to change Willa’s life. Despite her initial reluctance, she allows herself to enjoy the taste of a different existence, yet all the while struggling with the knowledge that Tommy’s steady progress will eventually bring him back home…

What The Critics Said

'A splendid novel that evokes a bygone time as well as its central character's emotional turmoil'

The herald

'Her books are well crafted, the story deftly told, the characters thoroughly imagined... It is warm, but clear-sighted, comic but also respectful of it's characters.'

Allan Massie

'A large and ambitious work...sweeps the reader along with the stream of this engrossing story'

Erica Wagner

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  1. Eg Trappe

    ‘Willa’s (main character) only escape from her life is through books and in this book I found a wonderful, emotional escape myself. Joan Lingard writes beautifully and tells a realistic and fascinating story. The characters are original and yet realistic and come to life magically.’

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