The Separate Principle

The Separate Principle

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by Emily Bullock
     
 

Set in the build up to the war, that no one thought would happen, 1938 to 1939 unravels before Lillian and her husband Leonard. Posted to a tuberculosis hospital on the Isle of Wight they bring with them the tragedy of their son's death.

The hospital runs on the separate principle, and it turns into an infection that dominates them. Desperate to find the happiness

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Set in the build up to the war, that no one thought would happen, 1938 to 1939 unravels before Lillian and her husband Leonard. Posted to a tuberculosis hospital on the Isle of Wight they bring with them the tragedy of their son's death.

The hospital runs on the separate principle, and it turns into an infection that dominates them. Desperate to find the happiness they could never find in each other Lillian turns to an old affair and her lover's young son Freddie, a patient at the hospital. Leonard finds comfort in a new friendship but it can never last.

Leading their separate lives Lillian, Leonard, and Freddie are thrown onto a collision course. What begins as the chance for a new start and a fresh snatch at happiness turns into a bitter battle for freedom. Secrets and lies ready to be blown apart by the declaration of war.

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ISBN-13:
9781849230940
Publisher:
YouWriteOn
Publication date:
12/08/2008
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Separate Principle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GreendayAM More than 1 year ago
Great - really enjoyed it. Only wish it could arrive more quickly.
cutlurevulture More than 1 year ago
A striking debut from one of Britain's promising new writers, 'The Separate Principle' is a chilling portrait of the poisonous power of secrets. Set in a tuberculosis hospital on the Isle of Wight just before the beginning of the second world war, the book unpacks concepts of illness and health to expose the sickness lurking at the heart of its characters' relationships. Caught in the middle of its web is the compelling Lillian, a dissatisfied housewife forced to play the game of respectability at a time when women's scope for rebellion was small. The historical details are flawlessly observed and yet managed in such a way that the reader is never distracted by them. Instead they work, along with the setting, to draw you into the book's world so that you are swept along by the story and always impatient for the next twist (of which they are many). A cracking winter read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the build up to the war, that no one thought would happen, 1938 to 1939 unravels before Lillian and her husband Leonard. Posted to a tuberculosis hospital on the Isle of Wight they bring with them the tragedy of their son's death.

The hospital runs on The Separate Principle, and it turns into an infection that dominates them. Desperate to find the happiness they could never find in each other Lillian turns to an old affair and her lover's young son Freddie, a patient at the hospital. Leonard finds comfort in a new friendship but it can never last.

Leading their separate lives Lillian, Leonard, and Freddie are thrown onto a collision course. What begins as the chance for a new start and a fresh snatch at happiness turns into a bitter battle for freedom. Secrets and lies ready to be blown apart by the declaration of war.