The Clematis Tree

The Clematis Tree

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'You want to go on reading, you want to know what happens; it isn't easy to put down' Ruth Rendell

A powerful novel about a family, and how their lives are torn apart in a single, devastating moment.

Mark and Claire seem an ideal couple. He is an accountant, she the daughter of a successful businessman. They live in a comfortable middle-class village in Surrey. Then, during a party for their daughter Pippa's baptism, their son Jeremy is knocked down on the road outside. It is their worst nightmare, something they thought could never happen, and the consequences will affect each one of them more than they could possibly imagine.

What is Claire's guilty secret, and can her wealthy, self-made father help? Will Mark, desperate to escape, have the nerve to leave? And how will Pippa be affected by the turmoil that began on the day of her own christening?

'A compelling story about the way a family copes with a catastrophe' THE TIMES
'A delight, a very polished read' CATHOLIC HERALD
'An accomplished first novel' TATLER
'Humane, thoughtful' HARPERS AND QUEENS
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 30mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753811138
  • 9780753811139
  • 1,031,198

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An accomplished first novel * TATLER * A delight, a very polished read * CATHOLIC HERALD * She has crafted a compelling story about the way a family copes with a catastrophe. The isolation ofthe parents within an apparently loving family is acutely observed -- Bel Mooney * THE TIMES * Ambitious * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
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About Ann Widdecombe

Tory MP for Maidstone. In John Major's Government she was Home Office Minister under Michael Howard. Shadow Home Secretary 1997-2001. Unmarried and a Roman Catholic convert. Has been writing since at school where she won essay prizes. Now writing third novel. Find out more at
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Rating details

67 ratings
3.26 out of 5 stars
5 19% (13)
4 22% (15)
3 33% (22)
2 16% (11)
1 9% (6)

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total crap with no redeaming featurs at all - boring, boring, boring....she might be a good politicain but fails totally as a writer....dont waste your money on this or any of her other booksshow more
by mat archer
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