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Orion Historical Fiction TPB January £12.99 352pp 978 1 4091 2938 7 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 2937 0 X

A brilliant historical debut in the tradition of The Forsyte Saga.

VALERIE MENDES Larkswood

One house, one family – and a lifetime of secrets. A sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart. Larkswood House is home to the Hamilton children – Edward, Cynthia and Harriet. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided. More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton is sent to Larkswood to recover from glandular fever. There, for the first time, she meets her grandfather, and learns that the house holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before. Valerie Mendes started her working life as a journalist, before moving into book publishing where she worked with Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and Elsevier among others. Valerie is the very proud mother of award-winning film-maker and theatre director Sam Mendes, CBE.

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