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The Resource From a Distance

From a Distance

Label
From a Distance
Title
From a Distance
Statement of responsibility
Raffaella Barker
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
April, 1946. Michael, a soldier, returns to Southampton on a troop ship. Brutalised and in shock, he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a train to the western tip of Cornwall, where his life is shaped by his heart and the fragmented Britain he has come back to. More than half a century later, Kit, an enigmatic stranger, arrives in Norfolk to take up his unwanted inheritance- a decommissioned lighthouse, half hidden in the shadows of the past, now sweeping its beam forward through time. According to Kit, his life is complete, and he doesn’t wish to see anything the lighthouse’s glare exposes. But the choice is out of his hands. Luisa, a second-generation Italian, has so far lived through her children and has reached a point of invisibility. The constant push and pull of family life has turned like the tide, and she is suspended, without direction. Kit and Luisa meet and neither can escape the inevitability of Michael’s split-second decision at the Southampton docks. Moving between the post-war artists’ colony around St Ives in Cornwall and present-day Norfolk, Raffaella Barker’s new novel explores the secrets and flaws that shape our interactions across generations. From a Distance is a tender and compelling story of human connection and the yearning desire we have to belong
Summary
In April 1946 Michael, a soldier, returns, brutalised by war, and finds he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Caught in a moment on a platform he leaps onto a train to the western tip of Cornwall, and in doing so changes his destiny. Finding himself in the bohemian colony of artists gathered on the Cornish coast after the war, his fate is shaped by his heart, his new environment and the fragmented Britain he has come back to. More than fifty years later, a man arrives in Norfolk to reluctantly claim his inheritance, a disused lighthouse, half hidden in the shadows of the past, now ready to cast its beam forward. But the choice is out of his hands. When Kit and Luisa meet, neither can escape the consequences of that split-second decision made by Michael all those years ago.
Theme
Tone
Writing style
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10319303
Cataloging source
BT
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1964-
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Barker, Raffaella
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Literary Fiction
  • Family Sagas
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
From a Distance
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLM_076889
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781408833742
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
From a Distance
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLM_076889
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781408833742
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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