Coming Home

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Laura Longrigg


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Italy - Newton Compton Editore

A life-long passion for a country, for memories and for each other bind Will and his wife Flo Sutherland. They fell in love in Bombay late in WW2, and she is pregnant when they set sail to return to England in 1949.  All Will wants is to care for his young family but he feels like a man out of place and time.   Working on a remote dairy farm in Devon proves too much hard work and, later, a desk job in London is a long, tedious commute and leaves Flo lonely and isolated in their new suburban home. Their children, Beatrice and Freddie, provide the warm, beating heart of the family – their young lives full of the joy of animals, music and games and enchantment with their parents’ stories of India and the grandparents they never really knew.  But as the children grow up, their parents’ world seems old-fashioned and their memories of British colonial India mean nothing to a boy who longs for a friend to share his passion for photography, or to a teenage girl whose world is shaped by pop music.


"Big questions, much asked at the moment, but seldom better considered than in this elegantly written, sympathetic, quietly sensational tale of a rivetingly unsensational family." Wendy Holden, The Daily Mail 
"Most importantly this powerful and convincing novel reveals the misunderstandings and lack of comprehension which are the cause of the quiet, painful drama of most ordinary lives".  Vanessa Berridge, The Express
"Gentle, evocative and totally involving". Fanny Blake,  Woman & Home 
"Coming Home will awaken all your sense without you quite realising how it manages to work its particular magic." The Independent