Arabella Scott, suffragette and hunger striker, is held in solitary confinement for five weeks, force-fed by the prison doctor, Hugh Ferguson Watson. Two years later, his wife, Donella, is trapped in a sexless marriage with a man haunted by the past.
Senior Irish diplomat, Marty Ransom, is torn between duty to his country and loyalty to the Anglo-Irish tradition in which he was raised. When he meets Alison, a Home Office employee now transferred to the British embassy in Dublin, Marty's fidelities are once again split.
1924. Blinded in an attack in the aftermath of Irish independence, Rose Raven is living quietly with her brother. Charting the dangerous first years of the Irish Free State, the novel tells the story of Rose's secrets, every one of them a risk to the success of the new Ireland.
Stavern 1983: Christmas is approaching and a young ambitious policeman named William Wisting has just become the father of twins. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive.
The Earth's resources are dwindling. The solution is periods of hibernation imposed on those who remain. In the sleeping city, elderly Ben struggles with limited waking time and the disease stealing his wife from him. Outside, lonely Janitor Peruzzi craves the family he never knew. Everywhere, dissatisfaction is growing. The city is about to wake.
Until a couple of years ago, J. M. Barrie's manuscript letters to Robert Louis Stevenson were presumed lost by Barrie's biographers. This fascinating and witty exchange shows why they developed such an intense bond (despite never meeting) and the deep impact their correspondence had on Barrie's life and work after Stevenson died.