Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Jane Gardam

A Long Way from Verona

Jane Gardam

A Long Way from Verona

2013, pp. 208, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609451417
Region: Britain
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 16.00

The book

Jane Gardam’s marvelous stories of young girls on the threshold of womanhood—God on the Rocks and Crusoe’s Daughter—have delighted her many readers. These “modern classics” (The Independent) are now joined by another novel that is equally fresh and vivid, comic and touching. Jessica Vye introduces herself on the first page by announcing, “I ought to tell you at the beginning that I am not quite normal, having had a violent experience at the age of nine.” Jessica’s “violent experience,” a prescient prediction of her future, colors her school days and her understanding of the adult world around her, as does the war raging in Europe. It’s a time of rationing and restrictions, of uncomfortable dresses, restrained essays, and dusty tea shops. Young Jessica has been told by a revered author that she is “beyond all possible doubts” a born writer. The proof being her refusal to conform, her compulsion to tell the absolute truth, and her dedication to noting her experiences. This she knew. What she doesn’t know is that the experiences which now enrich and sustain her talent will one day lead to a new and wholly unexpected reality.

The author

Jane Gardam
Jane Gardam has been twice awarded the Whitbread Prize and was also a Booker prize finalist. She is winner of the David Higham Prize, the Royal Society for Literature’s Winifred Holtby Prize, the Katherine Mansfield Prize, and the Silver Pen Award from PEN. Her novels include God on the Rocks, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Old Filth, finalist for the Orange Prize; The Man in the Wooden Hat, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Last Friends, finalist for the Folio Award. She lives in the south of England near the sea. In 1999 Jane Gardam was awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in recognition of a distinguished literary career.

Press

From the same country

  • Su Bristow

    Sealskin

    2019, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    Donald, a young fisherman, is overwhelmed when he comes across a group of beautiful women dancing on the shore beneath the moonlight. They are selkies...
  • Natalie Haynes

    The Children of Jocasta

    2018, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    Told in intersecting narratives, this feminist reimagining of Sophocles’ classic plays brings life and voice to the women who were too often forced...
  • Alan Parks

    Bloody January

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    An exciting, evocative first-in-series noir novel set in 1973 Glasgow, a city on the cusp of a heroin epidemic, featuring detective Harry McCoy.
  • Anthony Quinn

    Freya

    2017, pp. 560, $ 19.00
    Set immediately after the end of WWII, Freya explores the lives and friendship of two British females at a time where gender roles were changing...
  • Rebecca Wait

    The Followers

    2017, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    The Followers is a compassionate and suspenseful story of the dissolution of a family.
  • Sarah Moss

    Signs for Lost Children

    2017, pp. 368, $ 19.00
    Award-winning author Sarah Moss's most recent work of historical fiction is a portrait of a young couple's unconventional marriage as it's tested...

More suggestions

  • Felicity Castagna

    No More Boats

    2019, pp. 250, $ 17.00
    A finalist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018, No More Boats is not only a riveting story of a modern family it directly addresses...
  • Su Bristow

    Sealskin

    2019, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    Donald, a young fisherman, is overwhelmed when he comes across a group of beautiful women dancing on the shore beneath the moonlight. They are selkies...
  • Levan Berdzenishvili

    Sacred Darkness

    2019, pp. 256, $ 17.00
    Based on true events, a thrilling marriage of reportage and fiction, Sacred Darkness brings together the stories of a group of citizens from...
  • Fabio Bartolomei

    We Are Family

    2019, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, maybe a genius. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first,...
  • Pascale Pujol

    Little Culinary Triumphs

    2018, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    Set in the storied Parisian quarter of Montmarte, this heartwarming, comic tale is a must for foodies, Francophiles, and lovers of a good story...
  • Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend (HBO Tie-in Edition)

    2018, pp. 333, $ 17.00
    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X