The Lightning Tree

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ISBN 9780571254019 Format Paperback
9780571254019
Paperback
Published 15/01/2015 Length 336 pages
336

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This is a story of two young people who fall in love - and then life gets in the way.

Ursula is part-dreamer, part-radical in the making. Raised in a matriarchal household by a CND-loving activist, she is impatient to begin a life of adventure. But this is Newcastle in the mid-80s, where girls are getting permed and their dreams go no further than copping off down the Bigg Market.

Then Ursula meets Jerry: a class warrior from the wrong side of town, intellectually hungry, erudite and ambitious. It is a meeting of bodies, souls, minds and ideals. Keen to pursue the road less travelled, Ursula goes to India while Jerry heads to Oxford and the promise of politics and power. But Ursula's family is clouded with secrets, and the past threatens to repeat itself. As Ursula searches for answers, she soon begins drifting - and Jerry loses touch. What happens to young love when it is tested by real life?

In this second novel from the acclaimed author of The Whole Wide Beauty, Emily Woof weaves across generations, asking us to question the nature of love in all its forms.

This is a story of two young people who fall in love - and then life gets in the way. Ursula is part-dreamer, part-radical in the making. Raised in a matriarchal household by a CND-loving activist, she is impatient to begin a life of adventure. But this is Newcastle in the mid-80s, where girls are getting permed and their dreams go no further than copping off down the Bigg Market. Then Ursula meets Jerry: a class warrior from the wrong side of town, intellectually hungry, erudite and ambitious. It is a meeting of bodies, souls, minds and ideals. Keen to pursue the road less travelled, Ursula goes to India while Jerry heads to Oxford and the promise of politics and power. But Ursula's family is clouded with secrets, and the past threatens to repeat itself. As Ursula searches for answers, she soon begins drifting - and Jerry loses touch. What happens to young love when it is tested by real life? In this second novel from the acclaimed author of The Whole Wide Beauty, Emily Woof weaves across generations, asking us to question the nature of love in all its forms.
  • About Emily Woof

    Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Emily Woof has written for stage, film and radio. Her plays include Sex III for the Royal Court, Revolver and Going Going for the South Bank Centre, and, for BBC Radio 4, Pianoman, Baby Love and Home to the Black Sea. She wrote and directed Meeting Helen for FilmFour, and directed the prize-winning short film Between The Wars. She has also worked as a trapeze artist and actor; her screen credits include Oliver Twist, The Full Monty, Pandaemonium, This Year's Love and Velvet Goldmine. Her first novel The Whole Wide Beauty was published to great acclaim in 2010. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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