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Absolutely and Forever

by Rose Tremain

Hardback £16.99
Published 21st September 2023
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‘An electrifying, word-perfect tale… Gently devastating, devastatingly beautiful’ Daily Mail
‘Funny, piercing, and singularI can’t fathom the reason why you wouldn’t rush straight out to buy itObserver

Determined, rebellious Marianne Clifford is searching for love and freedom in 1960s London

How do you find the courage to make your own life?

Marianne Clifford, teenage daughter of a peppery army colonel and his vain wife, falls helplessly and absolutely for eighteen-year-old Simon Hurst, whose cleverness and physical beauty suggest that he will go forward into a successful and monied future, helped on by doting parents. But fate intervenes. Simon’s plans are blown off course, he leaves for Paris and Marianne is forced to bury her dreams of a future together.

It is Marianne who tells this piercing story of first love, characterising herself as ignorant and unworthy, whilst her smart, ironic narration tellingly reveals so much more. Finding her way in 1960s Chelsea, and supported by her courageous Scottish friend, Petronella, she continues to seek the life she never stops craving. And in Paris, beneath his blithe exterior, Simon Hurst continues to nurse the secret which will alter everything.

Tremain has always surprised and delighted her readers’ Sunday Times, Best 23 Novels of 2023

** A THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023**

READERS LOVE ABSOLUTELY AND FOREVER:

Heartrending, funny, unputdownable5*****

‘An undoubted modern classic5*****

Marianne will remain with me as a friend5*****

‘A masterclass in character and world building … the writing is just sublime5*****

Sunday Times bestseller, September 2023

Details

Absolutely and Forever
by Rose Tremain

ISBN
9781784745202

Publisher
Vintage Publishing

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Sept. 21, 2023

Dimensions
22.2cm x 14.4cm x 2.2cm