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The Lightning Tree

by Emily Woof
£8.99   paperback  Faber & Faber (2016)

The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof This is a story of two young people who fall in love - and then life gets in the way.
 
Ursula is part-dreamer, part-radical in the making. Raised in a matriarchal household by a CND-loving activist, she is impatient to begin a life of adventure. But this is Newcastle in the mid-80s, where girls are getting permed and their dreams go no further than copping off down the Bigg Market.
 
Then Ursula meets Jerry: a class warrior from the wrong side of town, intellectually hungry, erudite and ambitious. It is a meeting of bodies, souls, minds and ideals. Keen to pursue the road less travelled, Ursula goes to India while Jerry heads to Oxford and the promise of politics and power. But Ursula's family is clouded with secrets, and the past threatens to repeat itself. As Ursula searches for answers, she soon begins drifting - and Jerry loses touch. What happens to young love when it is tested by real life?
 
In this second novel from the acclaimed author of The Whole Wide Beauty, Emily Woof weaves across generations, asking us to question the nature of love in all its forms.

ISBN 13: 9780571254026 | ISBN 10: 0571254020

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