From the book jacket:
After more than half a century of marriage,
Dorothy and George are embarking on their first
journey abroad together. Three decades younger,
Jan and Annemieke are taking their last, as
illness and incompatibility bring their unhappy
union to an end. At first the luxury of a
Caribbean resort is no match for the well-worn
patterns of domestic life. Then the couples'
paths cross, and a series of surprises ensues -
a disappearance and an assault, most
dramatically, but also a teapot tempest of
passions, slights, misunderstandings, and small
awakenings that punctuate a week in which each
pair struggles to come to terms with what's been
keeping them apart.
Beyond the Book
was born in 1970
and brought up in Kent. She
received a BA Hons in History from
Downing College, Cambridge in 1991.
After spending time in Hong Kong and
New York, she is now married with three children and splits her time between France and England.
is her first novel.
It was long-listed
for the 2004 Man Booker Prize, and
was the only title to be voted onto
the long-list unanimously by all
was also a finalist for The Guardian
Best First Novel Award and won the
Betty Trask prize (awarded by the...