Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice


By (author) Rosamunde Pilcher, Read by Lynn Redgrave

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 142mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184456097X
  • ISBN 13: 9781844560974
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Illustrations note: n/a
  • Sales rank: 433,641

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Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in the pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance. Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace.

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Author information

Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and a short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, The Shell Seekers, that captured the hearts of all who read it and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved storytellers of our time. Her bestselling novel, Coming Home, was made into a television film. Her most recent bestseller was Winter Solstice. She was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature in 2002.

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As always, Pilcher is a sensible fairy godmother, bestowing happy endings upon the worthy and heartsick... [she has a] ... remarkably evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail. Kirkus Review enchanting ... bound to delight her many thousands of fans. Daily Express Pilcher's strength is knowing what she can do well and writing about what she knows. She has a way of tapping into the emotional life of her readers and making them care about characters not unlike themselves. Daily Telegraph An entrancing tale of middle-aged love, broken hearts and teenage angst Daily Express Rosamunde Pilcher's warm spell is charming and utterly convincing Daily Mail Unashamed hymns to the virtues of domesticity, continuity and human warmth. And (they are) thundering good reads Lady Another dose of the kind of heartwarming, gentle fiction for which she is known and loved ... like a big mug of cocoa in front of a blazing fire on a winter night Press & Journal, Aberdeen A gentle tale of everyday happenings to a set of well-drawn and believable characters Peterborough Evening Telegraph A beautiful, haunting story... that will tug at your heartstrings Prima Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle Woman's Realm