My new novel
I’m delighted to post the cover of my new novel, out in January 2020 from Ballantine Books. Even writing that date seems astonishingly far away! This book – set both in the present and the 1930s/40s – was conceived at a time of political turbulence, with Brexit in the UK and the election of a controversial president in the US. For the first time in many decades, political choices divided families and set friends against neighbours. That idea of ideological rifts bitter enough to separate families ignited my story of two sisters, Irene and Cordelia Capel, who follow very different paths in the run up to WWII. Irene marries a rich German and lives in Berlin, Cordelia becomes a journalist in Paris. Both of them face great moral choices, which are not easy or obvious, and the reverberations of those choices stretch into the present day. Love, espionage and war. And a typewriter!