SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER

Daily Mail - - Friday Books - JANE SHILLING

by Louis de Bernieres

(Vin­tage £8.99, 288 pp) THE 2015 novel by Louis de Bernieres, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, told of the en­twined fates of three fam­i­lies, the Pitts, McCoshes and Pen­den­nises in the early 20th cen­tury.

In that novel, the teenaged Daniel Pitt is in love with Rosie McCosh, who in turn loves Ash­bridge Pen­den­nis. While Daniel, an ace fighter pi­lot, sur­vives the war, Ash­bridge does not.

As de Bernieres’ lat­est novel be­gins, Daniel and Rosie, now mar­ried with a small daugh­ter, are building a post-war life in what was then called Cey­lon.

Amazed to be alive, and happy in his mar­riage and work as a tea planter, Daniel has fared bet­ter than his brother, Archie, who is trau­ma­tised by the war and his hope­less love for Rosie.

But when Rosie’s sec­ond child is still­born, their hard­won con­tent­ment be­gins to un­ravel. The sec­ond in a planned tril­ogy, this is an en­gag­ing fam­ily saga.

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