Sail Upon the Land

Sail Upon the Land : A Novel About Motherhood

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The mysterious death of a young mother damages the precious, protective bonds of love. Sail Upon the Land tells the tale of four generations of mothers and their children, spanning 80 turbulent years of English history. From the hills of India to London's ballrooms, crumbling country mansions to hospital corridors, the novel has been described as 'delicious', 'heart-breaking' and 'full of drama, pain, suffering, steadfastness and ultimately redemption'. SARAH Is the courage she displays during WWII enough to carry her through a long life of love and loss? MELISSA Living in her own fairytale, will she find the strength she needs to survive reality? DAMSON Rejecting her background following a frightening ordeal, can she ever find her way home? MELLITA Who is she really, and will she deliver the one precious gift that will heal all their wounds? What independent readers and reviewers have to say: 'Powerful, familiar, heart-wrenching characters that leached into my heart.' 'Compulsive reading.' 'Unputdownable.' 'Read it and weep.' 'Unusually well-written.' 'It's a really enjoyable read, which often had me wanting to reach into the book to give the characters a much-needed hug!''The writing was gritty and real, particularly the parts concerned with birth and motherhood.'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 127 x 202 x 27mm | 359.99g
  • Keyes Content Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0993124801
  • 9780993124808

About Josa Young

Josa Young was born on a chicken farm in Kent, England, and spent her early years running wild in the countryside with her brothers. When she was seven everything changed. Her parents moved to the top of a isolated hill miles from friends and family, and she was sent away to boarding school. Just when she needed to, she found she could read after all. The next ten years were spent hiding from the harsh boarding school atmosphere in books, from which she emerged to study English Literature at Cambridge University. She always knew she wanted to write, but had to figure out a way of making a living while doing so. Fiction was for fun and, as a finalist in the Vogue Talent Contest, she went to work at Vogue magazine. She has been a features editor and writer on many magazines and newspapers - including Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Elle Decoration and the Times - and created her first online content in 1996, which she is still doing 20 years later. She blogs for the Huffington Post, and performs her poetry in London regularly. Her first novel One Apple Tasted was published in 2009 by Elliott & Thompson, her second, Sail Upon the Land, was published in December 2014. She lives in more

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SUNDAY TIMES NO 1 BESTSELLER KATIE FFORDE: 'A sweeping multi-generational tale that will catch your heart.' HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY: 'Love, love, love this book! Josa Young has taken the art of characterisation to a new level of excellence. I found myself enthralled by the experiences of the main characters Sarah, Melissa, Damson and Mellita. I would not hesitate to recommend this book as a fantastic read for anyone looking to be transported by the power of the written word. Praise for Josa Young all the way!' KIRKUS REVIEWS: Young's novel traces an English family over 80 years and four generations, focusing mainly on its women's tangled experiences of family life and motherhood. A well-written historical novel that will entertain readers with its sharp, insightful observations. MAGGIE ALDERSON: There are some sentences in it which are so beautiful, I read them again and again - which is not something I have come across very often. I can't wait to read another one. CHARITY NORMAN: There are gorgeous moments in this book; wry, warm observations that make you smile as you read; and stand-alone anecdotes that ring delightfully true. TRISHA ASHLEY: A very enjoyable, cleverly-written story spanning several generations. AMANDA CRAIG: A new Mary Wesley... Unusually well-written. Young has the rare talent of making good people interesting. HELEN WALTERS: Although the cast of characters is large, and the author has written the book in such a way that the reader identifies with all of them, Damson Hayes is the star of the show. It is with Damson that the book starts - as she suffers a hideous ordeal - and it is with her that we finish, and it is Damson's journey more than that of any other character that holds the novel together. I really don't want to give too much away, but her story is full of drama, pain, suffering, steadfastness and ultimately redemption. RACHEL HORE: Josa Young writes with warmth and wisdom about the complexities of motherhood in this captivatingtale offourgenerations of womenthatsweepseighty years of English history. Her eye for period detail is masterly and hercharacters so vivid theydance from the page and into our hearts. TAHLIA ON GOODREADS: This novel was particularly interesting in the way that the men in the novel took a noticeable back seat. I feel that this gave the strong effect of capturing the power of the women, as the reader sees the trials and tribulations women go through with men sometimes being none the wiser. VICKY UNWIN: A cracking good read, stuffed full of larger than life characters and all the other ingredients of excellent storytelling - heartache, tragedy, love, loss, exotic location, aristocracy, family history - all woven together skilfully to hold the reader right through to the end. MARIE PEDLER: I finished reading this book about two weeks ago and it says something about the story that it has remained in my memory. JANE PEPLER: This is a fantastic book, with some great writing about four generations of women and how they live their lives in the twentieth century. The book flows so well and is compulsive reading. I really identified with all the characters and felt passionately about what happened to them. The writing was gritty and real, particularly the parts concerned with birth and motherhood and women's vulnerabilities at these important times in their lives. The subject matter covered in this book is wide and ranges from the frippery and frivolity of the coming out of debutantes to rape and puerperal psychosis. All of this is told in such a convincing, authoritative narrative. PORTOBELLO BOOK BLOG: This was beautifully written book and one I am surprised to find was self-published. Josa Young's writing is of a high standard, her story moving and well plotted and her characterisation of the women throughout the book is excellent. It is her attention to detail that lifts this book from a good read to a great one."show more

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378 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 21% (81)
4 40% (152)
3 26% (99)
2 9% (34)
1 3% (12)
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