Author(s): Georgina Harding
'If you were a sleeper, how long do you think it would take before you forgot who you really were? If you were living undercover for years and years. Which person would be you?' On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mother disappears into the fog. A kiss that barely touches Anna's cheek, a rumble of exhaust and a blurred wave through an icy windscreen, and her mother is gone. Looking back, Anna will wish that she could have paid more attention to the facts of that day. The adult world shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the issue of death away along with the things that her mother left behind. And her memories will drift and settle like the fog that covers the car. That same morning a spy case breaks in the news - the case of the Krogers, apparently ordinary people who were not who they said they were; people who had disappeared in one place and reappeared in another with other identities, leading other lives.
For fans of Restless by William Boyd, Atonement and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and Spies by Michael Frayn A major literary novel with huge prizewinning potential The Solitude of Thomas Cave received stunning review coverage and was shortlisted for the Jelf Group First Novel Award 2007 as well as the Waverton Good Read Award 2008
'It is the calm quietness of her writing that is so appealing - she lays an image down so gently that it floats in the mind long after' Margaret Forster 'Very impressive, ... moving and beautifully written. A subtly understated account of a complex childhood' Charles Palliser Praise for The Solitude of Thomas Cave: 'Masterpiece' - Daily Telegraph, 'A modern classic' - Brian Patten
Georgina Harding is the author of the novel The Solitude of Thomas Cave and of two works of non-fiction: Tranquebar: A Season in South India and In Another Europe. She lives in London and Colchester, Essex.