In the Dark

In the Dark

by Deborah Moggach
     
 

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By the author of Tulip Fever, a historical drama bursting with secrets and passions.
1916: Pretty young Eithne Clay runs a shabby-genteel South London boarding house while her husband is off at the War. There’s Ralph, her fourteen-year old son, and Winnie the young maid, a homely, goodhearted country girl, and the lodgers, of course, a curious but

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By the author of Tulip Fever, a historical drama bursting with secrets and passions.
1916: Pretty young Eithne Clay runs a shabby-genteel South London boarding house while her husband is off at the War. There’s Ralph, her fourteen-year old son, and Winnie the young maid, a homely, goodhearted country girl, and the lodgers, of course, a curious but necessary burden. They include blind Alwyne Flyte, communist and cynic, victim of a gas attack in the trenches. When the dreaded telegram arrives at the house, things turn from difficult to desperate for the two young women. Then along comes the butcher, Neville Turk, big handsome ladies’ man, irresistible for his meat, money and brutish confidence, who throws flighty Eithne into a turmoil but has sinister plans of his own. Winnie and the blind lodger, meanwhile, conduct a strange, erotic liaison of their own. And young Ralph, ignored by his mother, looks on, feeling the undercurrents of desire, seeing more than he should. All the strands come together in a shocking denouement that turns a coward into a hero and young Ralph into a man. They’re all in the dark with their dreams, secrets and fantasies, and electric light, new to their world, may be a boon but it reveals both grime and secrets. Life is tough on the home front and they’re all working the system in different ways, sometimes comic sometimes tragic, always human.

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“A charming tale moved along by several late-in-the-game twists.”
Historical Novels
“In the Dark, masterfully recreates London during the Great War, focusing not on the trenches but on the inhabitants of a shabby Southwark boarding house. In a stunning climax, the choice between right and wrong is as complex as Moggach’s characters.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099507123
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Moggachis the author of many successful novels including Tulip Fever, for which a film adaptation is in the works, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into the very popular movie starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA, and the forthcoming adaptation of Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

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