An overloaded car grinds up a rutted lane, a luggage rack on top, boxes tied here and there, a cat looking out of the window. Harriet Cooper, thirtyish, awkward and vulnerable, is coming to claim her aunt's inheritance, a tumbledown bus. Cousin Magda has already been left the land, the farm and the house, and does not altogether welcome Harriet; her husband Greg, however, is delighted to see her. But there is another unseen presence in the house, which haunts all three. Scrubbs was the man with whom both Harriet and Magda fell in love, whose internment in a Japanese POW camp and subsequent death is, for Greg, an uncomfortable and menacing memory that one day must be exorcised ... 'Skill subtlety and stylistic assurance ... her moral comedy illuminates life.' Daily Telegraph
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Elizabeth Berridge is the author of numerous novels, including Across the Common and Upon Several Occasions, both serialised by the BBC. She has been a journalist, broadcaster, critic and publisher. Married with two grown-up children, she lives in London.
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