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The Last Wave

Gillian Best


Text Publishing Company

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


304 pages

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The sea has always been Martha's escape - first from the sadness and strife of her childhood home, then from the drudgery of life as a wife and mother - but she can never quite escape the pull of love and family, despite her desire for freedom.

Her husband, John, struggles to understand her; their son, Iain, lives in faraway Australia; and they haven't spoken to their daughter, Harriet, for years - not since she came home for Christmas and announced that she was in love with a woman. When John's mind begins to unravel, Martha must care for him alone - until she falls ill herself, and wonders how she'll ever keep her head above water.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Shakespeare's Bay and the white cliffs of Dover, The Last Wave is a story spanning three generations, from the 1940s to the present day, and encompassing all the grief and joy of family life.

By:   Gillian Best
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 237mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   528g
ISBN:   9781925773378
ISBN 10:   192577337X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gillian Best is a writer, swimmer and seaside enthusiast. Originally from Canada, she has been living in the UK for the best part of twelve years. Gillian currently lives, works and swims in Bristol, UK.

`This thriller is so full of suspense it'll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end!' * Woman's Day * 'Best's imagery is beautiful and evocative...[she] conveys a powerful sense of the emotional tides sweeping her characters.' * Australian Book Review * `Beautifully written.' * Woman's Day * 'There's a lot of symbolism but it is never laboured, and never blurs Gillian Best's sharp realist vision of family life.' * Age * `This lyrical novel explores, through three generations, what happens when we try to hide our real selves - and the consequences when we finally break free.' * Weekend West * `Best's descriptive abilities are acute...A moving, impassioned book by a very talented, insightful writer.' * Ottawa Review of Books * `Gillian Best makes a literary splash with her debut novel, The Last Wave...Her entirely convincing portrayal of the Roberts family and their many undercurrents show that she's just beginning her journey as a fiction writer.' * Winnipeg Free Press * `The characters in The Last Wave are layered, imperfect and real. Each is trapped by the confines of family life and yet by realizing enormous, seemingly impossible dreams, they ultimately set themselves free. It's a brilliant illustration of how family relationships change and adapt in different stages of our lives - in childhood and parenthood, and through illness, failure, and success. Scenic and true-to-life, The Last Wave will inspire readers right up to the last page.' * Emily Urquhart, author of Beyond the Pale * `Those who liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy Gillian Best's The Last Wave for its quiet, intense examination of a woman fleeing British familial agony for the sea's thrilling embrace.' * Kathleen Winter, bestselling author of Annabel *

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