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Hannah Richell
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The Peacock Summer

Hannah Richell


Hachette Australia

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


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Maggie has run away to Australia from the mess of her life in England, but when her beloved grandmother Lillian is taken seriously ill, she has to return. The grand house, Cloudsley, where Maggie grew up is in serious need of restoration, but as is the way of such things, there is no money left to enact the urgent repairs. Nothing Maggie can think of is enough, and complicating her struggle to look after Lillian's affairs, is the man she thoughtlessly used. Interspersed with Maggie's story, is that of Lillian as a new, naïve wife, caught in the trap of a cruel and loveless marriage, and the dangerous summer when life stretched out before her in tempting new directions… This is the sort of finely-written book characterised as commercial women's fiction (and there's nothing wrong with that!) but it is also lush and atmospheric, with believable characters and beautifully evocative settings, and the perfect book for an indulgent weekend. Lindy Jones


A compelling story of secrets, betrayals and the consequences of a long-ago summer from the bestselling author of Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year.

'If she could reach back through the years and warn the person she once was, what would she say? ... What would she say to the ghosts who now inhabit her days? So many of those she has loved are now nothing but dust and memory.'

At twenty-six, Lillian feels trapped by life. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she expected it would. To her it seems she is just another object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's beautiful manor house tucked away high in the Chiltern Hills. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and his presence will unbalance everything she thought she knew and understood.

Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her elderly grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley. Forced to face her past, Maggie fights to hold herself and her family's legacy together as she learns that all she thought was real, all that she held so close, was never as it seemed. Two summers, decades apart.

Two women whose lives are forever entwined. And a house that holds the dark secrets that could free them both.

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By:   Hannah Richell
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780733640438
ISBN 10:   0733640435
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in the UK and Canada. She is the author of two previous best-selling novels novels: Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Hannah has a background in book and film marketing and has worked in both the UK and Australia on a range of popular entertainment brands. She has also written for media outlets such as Harpers Bazaar, Australian Women's Weekly, Fairfax and the Independent. Hannah is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives in the South West of England with her family.

The Shadow Year shows [Richell] developing the storytelling skills that made her first book stand out from the crowd of commercial women's fiction. - Sydney Morning HeraldSet against the ebb and flow of the ever-present sea this complex family drama [Secrets of the Tides] is a page-turner of a debut novel. - Australian Women's WeeklyAssuredly written and impeccably structured, [Secrets of the Tides] excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong... - Sydney Morning HeraldThis cracking debut novel [Secrets of the Tides] will have you turning the pages so fast you'll get a paper cut. - Sun-HeraldA tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and infidelity [Secrets of the Tides]. It's also about a loss that strikes at the heart of a family; one that time will mellow but never completely heal. Heartbreakingly good. - Herald Sun

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