Salley Vickers – Cousins

 Salley Vickers is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Cleaner of Chartres.

Cousins is a remarkable book about the strange tact and terrors of family life and the histories that haunt it. Set in the evocative countryside of Northumberland, near Holy Island, home of the seventh century St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels, Cambridge and the West Country, as ever in Salley Vicker’s novels, landscape in Cousins is an informing and significant presence  .

Will Tye and his cousin Cele are kindred spirits who have grown up together. But their very closeness keeps them at a troubled distance until the night that Will recklessly embarks on a misadventure with devastating consequences. It’s a tragedy that engulfs three generations of the Tye family, laying bare dangerous secrets that stretch as far back as the Second World War. It also opens up new wounds, leaving the Tye family with agonising questions about retribution for the days, months and years to come. Yet for Will and Cele it cements a bond like no other – a bond that will only be finally broken by an act of exceptional courage and self sacrifice, one which imperils them both but leads at last to a tentative resolution.

Chaired by Lynn Curtis

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