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Shell House

Jane Thynne

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ISBN 10: 185702902X / ISBN 13: 9781857029024
Published by Cox Wyman Ltd, 1999
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Shell House

Publisher: Cox Wyman Ltd

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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<p>Jane Thynne&#x2019;s second novel is another skilfully woven literary mystery, set in contemporary times and between the wars, that encompasses a quest into a man&#x2019;s past, the complexities of wartime subterfuge and a love story of a woman torn between two brothers.</p><p>In the grounds of Foxhill, the country home of the late Sir Lewis Appleby, pioneering geneticist and icon of the left, stands a shell decorated summerhouse. At the height of a stifling summer, Jessica Leigh takes a break from her career as a Westminster lobbyist to accompany her boyfriend Steve Irvine to Foxhill where he is hosting an academic conference. She is not pleased when they are joined by Steve&#x2019;s brother &#x2013; and total opposite &#x2013; Alex, a journalist, but it is with Alex that she discovers the beautiful ruined shell house. A gardener reveals that it was being restored by Sir Lewis as a monument to his love for his wife Katherine. Then Katherine vanished and the work was abandoned. But why, Jessica wonders, would anybody want to leave a man like Lewis Appleby? She is distracted when the biotechnology company she is hired to represent, attempts to suppress a dramatic new genetics discovery &#x2013; and Alex, attracted to Jessica, finds himself asked to explore the company&#x2019;s motivations. But the double narrative returns to the 1930s for the shocking answer to Katherine Appleby&#x2019;s disappearance and its continuing reverberations.</p>


'A compelling read, this book highlights the author's great talent for historical novelisation.' -- <i>-- Tatler</i><br /><br />'A dark, delicious novel. Totally mesmeric. A wonderful read.' -- <i>- Kathy Lette</i><br /><br />'One of those novels that you just want to curl up with on a cold afternoon . . . this is an intelligent woman's love story.' -- <i>Kate Figes, Woman's Journal</i><br /><br />A novel with the tough, sinewy grasp of social context, The Shell House is both thoughtful and, in the best sense, charming.' - -- <i>- Elizabeth Buchan</i>

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