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One bad one is enough

A fresh storm arose in the night, with the sound of distant thunder and the wind howling up from the sea. She thought at first it was the wind which had awakened her, and lay...

The Book of Lies

The spirited Sarnia is by no means the only literary heroine to tread the cliff paths of Guernsey. Wind the clock forward a hundred and twenty years to the 1980s and, in Mary Horlock’s The...

An emotion utterly strange

Sarnia turned to Edmund, expecting him to help her remount her horse. He did not move, but stared at her. She was conscious of the intensity of his regard, and also of their isolation. She...

The crack of the whip

Edmund forced a way for them up the Assembly Rooms steps, from where they could see over the heads of the crowd. She looked where he indicated. She saw the cage first, a square wooden...

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

Another novel set on Guernsey is The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, of which Sam Youd wrote: One of the great novels of the twentieth century is The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G....

‘I demand to know!’

He started and his face seemed to turn whiter still. He said in a low voice: ‘Who put that there?’ She had found it in a lumber room upstairs, turned to face the wall. There...

Love-apples

‘You must have some of these sandwiches, cousin, made with Guernsey lobster. And here is a fruit as an accompaniment.’ He offered her a dish of round red fruits with rough wrinkled skins. ‘Do you...

A stew of intrigue

Hilary Ford, reflecting on the Gothic: “Have you ever thought of that – having a go at the Gothic?” I had read, enjoyed and admired Rebecca, but the image that immediately sprang to mind was...

A quickening in the blood

Edmund seated himself beside her. ‘Your face is very wet.’ He drew a handkerchief from his sleeve. ‘Let me dry that, at least.’ She did not look at him as his hand gently rubbed her...