A Lifetime Burning

A Lifetime Burning

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Greedy for experience but determined to be good, Flora Dunbar spends a lifetime seeking love, trying to build a future out of the wreckage of her past - an eccentric childhood spent in the shadow of her musical twin, Rory; early marriage to Hugh, a clergyman twice her age; motherhood, which brings her Theo, the son she cannot love; and middle-age, when she finds brief happiness in a scandalous affair with her nephew, Colin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 34mm | 304g
  • Transita
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1905175256
  • 9781905175253
  • 1,434,070

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'disturbing themes, sensitively explored... an emotional avalanche' Lochcarron Reading Group 'a tightly woven literary fabric of many emotional threads...an engrossing and satisfying read.' Well? Magazine 'a compelling, touching, tender book with many beautifully crafted and heart wrenching parts...a surprising read.' Depression Alliance
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About Linda Gillard

Linda Gillard lives and writes on the Isle of Skye. Prior to relocating here with her family to write full-time Linda previously twelve years she wrote a humour column for Ideal Home before turning her hand to primary school teaching in Cambridgeshire. She and her family have since relocated to Skye where she now writes full-time. Her first published novel Emotional Geology (Transita) has been widely reviewed.
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317 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (90)
3 24% (75)
2 8% (24)
1 3% (9)

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A review on www.LoveReading.co.uk ... "An absolute page-turner! I could not put this book down and read it over a weekend. It is a haunting and disturbing exploration of the meaning of love within a close-knit family, the Dunbars. Flora, a twin, never feels she quite fits. The book opens with her own account of her funeral and then jumping backwards and forwards through the years of her childhood, adolescence, marriage and motherhood, we see how her quest for love and happiness lead her along a destructive path of alcoholism, broken hearts and painful truths which eventually lead to her downfall. This is a disturbing tragedy but one in which you feel drawn to the characters and have sympathy for each of them in their complex web of tangled emotions. Long after the last page is read, you are still caught up in the emotions of the Dunbars. Find a place for it in your holiday luggage!" A review on www.BookClubForum.co.uk : "This is a book that will grab your attention from the very first page, and each chapter leaves you wanting to know more. Although it keeps you turning the pages, there were times when I had to put it down and take a deep breath, before picking it up and getting absorbed again. There are issues explored here that aren't easy to read, but they are handled in a way that means you can take that deep breath and carry on... Linda is a new author to me this year, and she has jumped right up there into my list of favourites. As for this book, I believe it's easily my favourite book of the year so far, and has gone onto my re-read pile, which not many achieve! Highly recommended!"show more
by Linda Gillard
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