SECRETS OF THE SEA Nicholas Shakespeare Harvill Secker, £17.99
Following the untimely deaths of his parents in a car crash, 11-year-old Alex Dove is torn from his life on a remote farm in Tasmania and sent to school in England. Twelve years on, he must return to the country to deal with his inheritance. Between the timeless beauty of the land and a young woman he befriends – whose own life has been a sad, hard one full of tragedy – he is persuaded to stay. From that point on their lives are changed as they marry and hope for children, until the day they open their home to a teenage castaway.