EAST OF THE SUN is everything a historical novel should be: alive with glorious detail, fascinating characters and masterful storytelling. Julia Gregson is a major talent in historical fiction, writing with tremendous warmth and insight. A perfect summer read - you can't read the book without falling in love with it. Her debut novel, THE WATER HORSE, received terrific reviews: 'Lively, atmospheric novel ... the writing is skilful, vivid and explicit' Sunday Telegraph. 'A compelling story' Daily Post. 'Recent biography has debunked the romance of Florence Nightingale as angelic 'Lady of the Lamp' ... Julia Gregson breathes life into this new interpretation' Guardian.
Julia Gregson worked as a model for Hardie Amies before becoming a journalist. She was posted to Vietnam and India, and then worked for Rolling Stone in New York. She has interviewed Muhammad Ali, Buzz Aldrin, Ronnie Biggs and Hollywood royalty. Married with one daughter and four step-children, she lives in Wales with two Welsh cobs, a Shetland and two dogs.
British author Gregson bows in America with her fast-paced second novel, an absorbing international period drama concerning three young Englishwomen and a troubled boy journeying to India in the late 1920s. The eldest at 25, Viva Holloway is an orphan hoping to retrieve her lost parents' personal effects; she's paying her way by chaperoning three younger travelers. Rose Wetherby is going to India to be married; Victoria "Tor" Sowerby is Rose's bridesmaid; and 16-year-old Guy Glover is returning home after getting expelled from school for stealing. Throughout, narrative shifts reveal the travelers' perspectives and fears: Viva is haunted by a childhood and family she barely remembers; Rose is growing increasingly nervous about how little she knows of her fiance; and Tor is eager, after a disappointing deb season in London, to find a husband of her own and avoid returning to England. Guy's strange behavior makes it clear he's unstable, and before long, he's assaulted a member of a powerful Indian family, setting off a frightening chain of events for both himself and Viva. Gregson's rich imagery, strong characters and gripping plot make this a resonant page-turner. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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