The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize

England, 31st August 1939: The world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic, childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unraveling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair with unforeseen consequences. A story of longing, loss, and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story but a story about love.

About Rosie Alison

See more books from this Author
Rosie Alison grew up in Yorkshire, and read English at Keble College, Oxford. She spent ten years directing television documentaries before becoming a film producer at Heyday Films. She is married with two daughters and lives in London. This is her first novel.
Published July 5, 2011 by Washington Square Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Very Thought of You

The Telegraph

But consider the heart-stopping opening passage of Alison’s fellow Orange longlister, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, in which the beaten child Thomas Cromwell, lies on the ground, bleeding and thinking, “I’ll miss my dog”, and you may conclude that in the selection of their longlist, the ...

Mar 18 2010 | Read Full Review of The Very Thought of You: A Novel


She arrives on an estate run by childless couple Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton.The story unfolds from the points of view of four characters: Thomas and Elizabeth, whose lives have been marked by their inability to have children and Thomas’ crippling bout with polio;

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of The Very Thought of You: A Novel

Lancashire Evening Post

Love is very much the theme of Rosie Alison’s moving debut novel...but it’s not the kind of cosy, romantic love that usually hits the mark in women’s fiction.

May 26 2010 | Read Full Review of The Very Thought of You: A Novel

Reader Rating for The Very Thought of You

An aggregated and normalized score based on 52 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review