Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison

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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

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Published May 14, 2009 by Alma Books Ltd. 350 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Most prize lists throw up a novel no one has heard of, and this year the Orange longlist has included this wartime story of young evacuee Anna Sand and her years spent in Ashton Park in Yorkshire, home of childless couple Elizabeth and Thomas.

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