Left And Leaving

by Jo Verity
Left And Leaving

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Fifth novel from Richard and Judy Award winner Jo Verity, author of Sweets from Morocco a 'pitch perfect evocation of childhood and sibling relationships' Marcel Theroux 

Australian ex-pat Gil is on a grey gap-year working in the London hospital to which Vivian brings Irene for treatment; together they try to bring calm where terror reigns. Irene is thrilled with her new friends, they less so with her ongoing interest in their lives. Gil has a girlfriend, who lives in the same building with her two children, and a family back home. Thirty-something Vivian has a high-flying boyfriend and a time-consuming job which may be about to transfer to Germany. But they keep finding reasons to spend time together in the run up to Christmas. Marooned in Tooting by a sudden snowstorm, Vivian and Gil are forced to spend the holiday confronting secrets and facing up to responsibilities they ve been complacent about for too long. And still in the background is Irene, intent on filling the holes in her life...

About the Author

Jo Verity is the author of five novels - 'Everything in the Garden' (2005), 'Bells' (2007), 'Sweets from Morocco' (2009) and 'Not Funny, Not Clever' (2011) - all published by Honno. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and been broadcast on Radio 4. She won the Richard & Judy short story competition in 2003 and the Western Mail Short Story Prize in 2004. Her fifth novel, 'Left and Leaving', has just been published (January 2014). Jo lives in Cardiff.

Praise for Jo Verity 

'Humane and subtle, a keenly observed exploration of the way we live now...' - Stephen May, author of Life, Death, Prizes 

'pitch perfect evocation of childhood and sibling relationships' - Marcel Theroux, The Daily Telegraph 

'A richly detailed and absorbing narrative journey in the company of two completely believable and believably complicated characters.' - Andrew Cowan 

'A wonderfully wise portrayal of intriguingly troubled lives.'  - Suzannah Dunn 

About the book

Fifth novel from Richard and Judy Award winner Jo Verity, author of Sweets from Morocco a 'pitch perfect evocation of childhood and sibling relationships' Marcel Theroux 

Australian ex-pat Gil is on a grey gap-year working in the London hospital to which Vivian brings Irene for treatment; together they try to bring calm where terror reigns. Irene is thrilled with her new friends, they less so with her ongoing interest in their lives. Gil has a girlfriend, who lives in the same building with her two children, and a family back home. Thirty-something Vivian has a high-flying boyfriend and a time-consuming job which may be about to transfer to Germany. But they keep finding reasons to spend time together in the run up to Christmas. Marooned in Tooting by a sudden snowstorm, Vivian and Gil are forced to spend the holiday confronting secrets and facing up to responsibilities they ve been complacent about for too long. And still in the background is Irene, intent on filling the holes in her life...

About the Author

Jo Verity is the author of five novels - 'Everything in the Garden' (2005), 'Bells' (2007), 'Sweets from Morocco' (2009) and 'Not Funny, Not Clever' (2011) - all published by Honno. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and been broadcast on Radio 4. She won the Richard & Judy short story competition in 2003 and the Western Mail Short Story Prize in 2004. Her fifth novel, 'Left and Leaving', has just been published (January 2014). Jo lives in Cardiff.

Praise for Jo Verity 

'Humane and subtle, a keenly observed exploration of the way we live now...' - Stephen May, author of Life, Death, Prizes 

'pitch perfect evocation of childhood and sibling relationships' - Marcel Theroux, The Daily Telegraph 

'A richly detailed and absorbing narrative journey in the company of two completely believable and believably complicated characters.' - Andrew Cowan 

'A wonderfully wise portrayal of intriguingly troubled lives.'  - Suzannah Dunn 

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