The Things You Do For Love is a moving story of families, marriage, lies and life after loss.

Reviews

Fay Weldon – A delight of a read! A wonderful page-turner of a novel about the complexity of female life, by a new writer who understands it all too well. You can have it all, but only if you’re prepared to pay the price. Love, career, motherhood, art, music – something has to go, but which? Or just possibly, all. An unputdownable novel, and so elegantly written! A tale for our times.

Juliet Nicolson (A House Full of Daughters) – The story, while being both structurally and emotionally thrillingly complex, is written with a kind of wonderful seamless balance as the different relationships and generations struggle and triumph with their own self absorbing lives. I recognised so many of those demands on women as they shift and ebb and flow with each generation. I was absolutely hooked on the story, the very best sort of fiction that makes you really MIND about those people who you have only just met but whose existence throbs with vitality.

Richard Mason
(The Drowning People) - A richly textured tale of life and love, compromise and redemption. I loved it.


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The Things You Do for Love

Flora Macintyre, surgeon-mother-wife-authority, has sustained a formidable career and a tempestuous marriage for almost forty years. Widowed and retired at sixty, she is forced to face up to both the past and the future – to come to terms with the compromises and sacrifices that have shaped her life, and to work out what is left for her now her career is over and her daughters have grown up. 

Travelling through France after the death of her husband, eminent music critic Henry Jones, Flora meets a wine merchant in the Loire Valley and agrees to swap houses with him for the summer. In the dusty setting of St Rémy, she begins to construct a new kind of life for herself. Meanwhile, her daughters are struggling with their own lives back in London. Lou, a successful city lawyer, is pregnant, and bewildered by the destabilising of her relationship with Alice, a sculptor whose latest collection has just won a major prize. Kitty, a reluctant music student, is swept off her feet both by the unexpected discovery of her creative talent and by her conflicted passion for fellow student Daniel. When each is devastated by a personal crisis, they flee to France to join their mother, and the stage is set for the family’s secrets to be uncovered at last.

THE THINGS YOU DO FOR LOVE is about how we tell the story of our lives, and about our capacity for love. Richly woven through with art and music, it is a page-turner of emotional depth, eloquence and wisdom.