From acclaimed author of The Warlow Experiment, the moving story of a mother and daughter separated in Regency England.
'I'll be back soon, my love. Tonight, I hope.'
The last Eve saw of her mother was a wave from the basket of a rising balloon. A wilful, lonely orphan in the house of her erratic artist guardian, Eve struggles to retain the image of her missing mother and the father she never knew. In a London beset by pageantry, incipient riot and the fear of Napoleonic invasion, Eve must grow into a young woman with no one to guide her through its perils.
Far away, in a Norfolk fishing village, the Rev Snead preaches hellfire and damnation to his impoverished parishioners and oppressed wife. Snead illustrates his sermons with the example of a mute woman pulled from the sea, over whom he keeps a very close watch indeed.
Alix Nathan's novel The Warlow Experiment was a Radio Four Book at Bedtime and a Sunday Times fiction book of the year. Her short stories have been published in Ambit, the London Magazine and New Welsh Review. She lives in Shropshire where she owns some ancient woodland with her husband.