Canvey Island: a novel

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Profoundly moving and elegantly written, Canvey Island tells of the changing times in post-war Britain through the story of one family's tragedy and loss. Runcie] us es] irony and understatement to lay bare the pathos of ordinary lives . . . a tenderly painted portrait--The Sunday Telegraph.
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It is 1953 in Canvey Island. Len and Violet are at a dance. Violet's husband George sits and watches them sway and glide across the dance floor, his mind far away, trapped by a war that ended nearly ten years ago. Meanwhile, at home, a storm rages and Len's wife Lily and his young son Martin fight for their lives in the raging black torrent. The night ends in a tragedy that will reverberate through their lives. This poignant novel follows the family's fortunes from the austerity of the post-war years to Churchill's funeral, from Greenham Common to the onset of Thatcherism and beyond, eloquently capturing the very essence of a transforming England in the decades after the war. It is a triumph of understated emotion, a novel about growing up and growing old, about love, hope and reconciliation.

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subject_facet Canvey Island (England) -- Fiction, Communication in the family -- Fiction, Nineteen fifties -- Fiction
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