This evocative story follows the stripping away, layer by layer, of the facade of a seemingly perfect marriage. David and Sally appear to be an ideally matched couple. David's work has taken them to the South Pacific nation of New Sudan where they lead a self-indulgent colonial life whilst waiting for David's promotion which will return them to London. Away from home, however, they abandon common sense to explore their individual sexuality in a way which has consequences for the rest of their lives. They return to London bringing with them the mixed-race child whom they have apparently adopted. More children follow and the Pryce-Williams appear to be the ideal family leading a charmed life in affluent southwest London. But with the past refusing to remain in the past the fragile structure is brutally blown apart with heart-breaking consequences for the next generation. This powerful narrative describes how actions taken by individuals, enthralled by self-fulfilment, can have far-reaching effects on those apparently closest to them.
Nick Ashton-Jones is a farmer, an environmentalist, a writer who cannot help himself, a psycho geographer and historian. He has spent most of his working life in the tropics: in the South Pacific and in Southeast Asia, but mostly in Nigeria which is his second home, if not his first.
Nick was born in Sheffield, has a son who is Swiss, and is based in Derby. He thinks the best bit of Britain is the Isle of Arran, and he shares his life with his partner, David, an artist and illustrator.
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