The Road Between Us

The Road Between Us

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1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for `conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for `re-education' in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences. 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double - his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father? As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 38mm | 379.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055277698X
  • 9780552776981
  • 193,576

Review quote

"Rich, unsparing and exquisitely textured...Farndale possesses the implacable emotional ferocity of a first-rate novelist...Achingly poignant." * Sunday Telegraph * "Farndale is an exceptional storyteller... An elegant and atmospheric fiction about survival and redemption." -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler * "Nigel Farndale's magnificent novel... Tender, chilling and life-affirming, this book made me want to shout from the rooftops." -- Emily Maitlis * Mail on Sunday * "The beauty of this novel lies in Farndale's ability to wrap some testing moral questions around a fantastic story...A book that has at its core a passionate examination of the meaning of love." * Psychologies * "Two stories set some 70 years apart unfold in tandem in this big, busy novel whose themes range from the mysteries of memory to forbidden desire of all shades....As for the riddle of how these two tales connect, that's what drives the novel and provides it with an unexpected twist." * Daily Mail *show more

About Nigel Farndale

Nigel Farndale is the author of The Blasphemer, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Novel Award. His previous books include Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Biography Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was born and raised in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives on the Hampshire-Sussex border with his wife and their three sons.show more

Review Text

"Two stories set some 70 years apart unfold in tandem in this big, busy novel whose themes range from the mysteries of memory to forbidden desire of all shades....As for the riddle of how these two tales connect, that's what drives the novel and provides it with an unexpected twist."show more

Back cover copy

June 1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. One is court-martialled for ‘conduct unbecoming’; the other is deported home to Germany for ‘re-education’ in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that forbids their love, what terrible things must they face to be reunited? April 2012: A British diplomat, held hostage in an Afghan cave for eleven harrowing years, is unexpectedly freed. He returns to London to find his wife is dead. Was her death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how is his release linked to what his father did in the Second World War?show more

Rating details

377 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 36% (134)
4 44% (167)
3 16% (62)
2 4% (14)
1 0% (0)
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