I have written before about James Long's super novel Ferney. With its sequel The Lives She Left Behind about to be published, Quercus have just brought out a new paperback edition of Ferney and have kindly put aside five signed copies for Cornflower Books readers.
There's a post on the novel here, but the gist of the story is as follows:"The book begins with Mike and Gally Martin buying Bagstone Farm, a ramshackle old cottage in Somerset. Gally, plagued by nightmares and seemingly irrational fears, feels that this is the place for her to settle down in - it seems like 'home'. Mike, anxious to please his troubled young wife, agrees despite his many misgivings which are made all the more acute when the couple meet a neighbour, the apparently ageless and mysterious Ferney.
What then transpires is an enthralling story, and one which James Long pulls off beautifully. The strange attraction of the house, for Gally at least, the even more curious familiarity and ubiquity of Ferney are explained as an extraordinary love affair is described."
Our draw for a copy of the book is open to UK readers only I'm afraid, but to enter please just leave a comment on this post naming a novel you'd class - as I did Ferney - 'a most enjoyable read', and I'll pull the winners from the hat in a few days' time.