On the cusp of middle age, Nora Eldridge has long ago abandoned her ambitions of an artistic career. She has slipped into the invisibility which awaits women of a certain age when they are on their own with only life’s disappointments for company. Then she meets a glamorous couple through her job as a teacher and her dreams are rekindled – only for them to be cruelly betrayed. This is a powerful and poignant novel about an angry woman.
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When Vivian Rose Spencer, a young and adventurous Englishwoman, travels to Peshawar to pursue her passion for archaeology, her path crosses that of Qayyum Gul, a British Indian Army soldier who has returned to his home city after being wounded in the First World War. They become embroiled in the struggle for freedom from colonial rule, and their storylines combine very cleverly to a dramatic climax. An intelligent and absorbing novel from an outstanding writer.
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