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It is 1946 and the people of France and England are facing the aftermath of the war. Banished by her beautiful, indolent mother to England, Barbary Deniston is thrown into the care of her distinguished father and conventional stepmother. Having grown up in the sunshine of Provence, allowed to run wild with the Maquis, experienced collaboration, betrayal and death, Barbary finds it hard to adjust to the drab austerity of postwar London life.
Confused and unhappy, she discovers one day the flowering wastes around St Paul's. Here, in the bombed heart of London, she finds an echo of the wilderness of Provence and is forced to confront the wilderness within herself.
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'Poignant and inspiring' Sunday Telegraph 'A wonderfully compassionate observation of human nature. No one can better describe the emotions of guilt and jealousy, or so exactly remember how it feels to be seventeen' Catholic HeraldBook Description:
* A classic writer with the mordant wit of Elizabeth Bowen and Evelyn Waugh
* Macaulay's most sophisticated novel explores the spiritual dilemmas of the postwar world
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0860683400