THE DIS­TANT HOURS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Kate Mor­ton Allen & Un­win Jacq Ellem

YOU had me at the first para­graph.

This is only the sec­ond Kate Mor­ton book I’ve read, and some of the im­agery is just so de­li­cious I want to read it over and over.

Edie Burchill works at a tiny two- per­son pub­lish­ing com­pany in Not­ting Hill.

She doesn’t get along too well with her mother, but when a lon­glost let­ter is found and re- sent, swathes of se­crets are un­earthed. Se­crets that have cloaked her mother’s past when, as an evac­uee in World War II, she was cho­sen by the rather enig­matic Ju­niper Blythe from Milder­hurst Cas­tle.

The Dis­tant Hours fol­lows the un­rav­el­ling of the se­crets in mod­ern time, along­side how they hap­pened in the past.

It’s bril­liantly told, beau­ti­fully mas­tered, and quite of­ten I was so im­mersed I sim­ply for­got I was read­ing – the kind of es­cape we all de­serve.

How deep are your se­crets? How do they af­fect oth­ers? Af­ter read­ing this you could al­most be tempted to blurt them all out.

And as for the dis­tant hours, what ex­actly are they? You’ll have to find out for your­self.

As for my­self, I’ll be pick­ing up an­other Kate Mor­ton tale to­mor­row. + Get your dis­counted copy of The Dis­tant Hours us­ing the coupon be­low

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