Think of Me

Think of Me

Frances Liardet

ISBN
9780008432287
Pub date
22/02/2022
Imprint
Fourth Estate
Binding
Paperback
Format
A4 153x234mm
Extent
384 pages
Price
£12.99
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Book Overview


A heartbreaking new novel of grief, family and the enduring power of love from the author of We Must Be Brave

When I open my eyes I see a small dark shape at the end of the pew under the window. A piece of cloth, a handkerchief perhaps? No, a woman’s headscarf.

The blue is bright, Mediterranean.

I can’t for the life of me remember seeing it before. But all the same it seems familiar. More than familiar. As if I’ve held it in my hands before. As if it’s been next to Yvette’s skin.

James Acton has come to the village of Upton to begin again. As his grief over the death of his wife eases, he hopes to find new purpose as the vicar of this small, Hampshire parish, still emerging from the long shadow of the war.

James’s own war was in the Western Desert, where he fell in love, first with the thrill of being a hurricane pilot and then with Yvette Haddad, the captivating, enigmatic young Alexandrian with a penchant for dangerous driving.

The past has a way of clinging on to us, and even as James embarks on new beginnings, finding friends – and even love – among the people of Upton, the secrets he has held on to so tightly for years threaten to break loose. But Yvette had secrets too, and as James follows a trail that leads him back through the landscape of their marriage, what he discovers about both of them will change everything …

About the author


Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before traveling to Cairo to work as a translator. She currently lives in Somerset, England, with her husband and daughter, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp. Invisible Mending is her third novel.

Reviews


  • ‘An utterly charming, heartbreaking and beautifully captured story of love, friendship and sacrifice. It will stay with you long after you close the pages’ Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
  • ‘An epic and intensely moving novel that crosses the boundaries of place and time to weave a powerful story about overcoming the complications of love and grief – the things we try to spare one another, the things we cannot bear to see. It’s a warm book, an intelligent one, richly observed, clear-eyed, and the generosity of its final pages moved me to tears’  Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  • ‘Rich with historical detail, and heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measure, Think of Me is a luminous, compassionate exploration of grief and the tragic effects of loss and secrecy on a family’s closest bonds’ Rafe Posey, author of The Stars We Share
  • ‘Now feels like the perfect moment for this book.  A beautifully written story of lives devastated by war and loss, it’s a love letter to life itself, about the power of kindness and patient resilience to make us whole again. Subtle and richly evoked, it’s refreshingly authentic to its era, yet timeless in its profound understanding of love, grief and the slow blossoming of solace. It is so good to be reminded that the path from desolation to consolation has always been well-worn, lit by that most vital human instinct – hope.’ ML Steadman, author of The Light Between Oceans
  • ‘Think of Me is a simply gorgeous, sophisticated novel that breaks your heart then mends it again. In this stunning masterpiece, Liardet’s poignant prose celebrates the triumph of love over death and of faith over grief. This timeless tale is surely destined to be a classic’ Stephanie Dray, New York Times Bestselling author of The Women of Chateau Lafayette