As a big fan of the work of Sue Gee I'm delighted to have a copy of her new novel Coming Home, which is "filled with pathos and humour, beautifully evokes an all-but vanished world."
"Spring 1947. In a few months' time the British flag will be lowered all over India, and with Independence thousands of those who made their lives there - as planters, civil servants, or in the Indian Army - will be returning to England.
Among those coming home, as everyone speaks of it, are Will and Flo Sutherland, who fell in love at the end of the war. India has been the defining experience of their lives: how will they make a new life now?
They lease an isolated farm in the depths of Devon, but though Will makes a go of it, and their two small children thrive, the relentless work and hardship take their toll. Meanwhile, vulnerable Flo is struggling to write the story of their time in India.
In the years that follow, Will begins a new career, going from strength to strength, while Flo's fragilities threaten to overwhelm her. As for the children, Bea and Fred, growing up in the fifties and sixties with stories of a sunlit country which seems happier and more exciting than their own can ever be - they have to find their own ways of coming home."
If you're new to Sue Gee's books and would like to get a feel for them, here are a few posts to start you off: