A Long Way from Verona

By Jane Gardam
(Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781609451417, 211pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

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Description
'I ought to tell you at the beginning that I am not quite normal having had a violent experience at the age of nine'
Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colors her schooldays and her reaction to the world around her- a confining world of Order Marks, wartime restrictions, viyella dresses, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea shops. For Jessica she has been told that she is 'beyond all possible doubt', a born writer. With her inability to conform, her absolute compulsion to tell the truth and her dedication to accurately noting her experiences, she knows this anyway. But what she doesn't know is that the experiences that sustain and enrich her burgeoning talent will one day lead to a new- and entirely unexpected- reality.



About the Author
Jane Gardam is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novels include God on the Rocks, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Flight of the Maidens and Old Filth, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in England.
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