SE­CRETS OF THE SEA Ni­cholas Shake­speare Harvill Secker, £17.99

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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.

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