The Separation

Dinah Jefferies

Published by Penguin Viking in Paperback / Epub (£7.99) on 08-05-2014

The compelling and evocative story of one mother’s boundless love , a love for which she would travel to the ends of the earth for her daughters.

What happens when a mother and her daughters are separated; who do they become when they believe it might be forever?

1953, the eve of the Cartwright’s departure from Malaya. Eleven-year-old Emma can’t understand  why they’re leaving without their mother; why her taciturn father is refusing to answer questions.

Lydia arrives home to an empty house – the phone line has been cut and the servants have vanished; there’s no sign of her husband Alec or her daughters. Panic stricken, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find them through the hot and civil-war-torn Malayan jungle – one that only the power of a mother’s love can help her to survive.

While Lydia endures the almost unbearable search, Emma is back in England, determined to keep her mother’s memory alive and refusing to believe that she would have abandoned them. A story of loss and betrayal, but above all unrelenting love, The Seperation is a gripping and painfuly beautiful debut novel.

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