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Two people, a world apart, separated by time and grief, their lives destined to converge... but what happens when finally they meet? Almost forty years ago, on an ashram in India, a devastating series of events led to Daniel’s complete psychotic breakdown. Since then he has worked hard to remake his identity, keeping his history under wraps. Now a successful psychotherapis ...more
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published May 3rd 2014 by Amazon Kindle
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Senan Gil Senan
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Lesley Hayes book which I have read, and I really enjoyed it. The story is intriguing and is delivered to you through the perspective of different characters, different continents and different times. Also strangely, the narrative gives way to a first person perspective for one of the main characters and then reverts to third person perspective for the others. I wasn't expecting this, but as a reading experience it not only works, but also makes you step outside the story a li ...more
Rhoda D'Ettore
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This took me a few times to start because it is not a light read. You need to pay attention and put any distractions away. Once I did, I was able to really get into the story and read it in one sitting. The author has a decent way with description, something I almost envy. Basically it tells the story of Mira and her mother, Callie and her husband and then flashbacks to show the relationships and connections. It is a psychological work with a lot of foreshadowing and flashbacks. The author made ...more
P.A. Rudders
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is as much character driven as it is about plot and storyline, although in this case, the one skilfully reinforces the other. What follows is an enthralling story, spanning more than three decades across as many continents, from the outward respectability of suburban America and academic Oxford, to the drugs and cults of the hippie trail retreats of India.

It starts off with the death of the mother of one of the central characters, Mira, an American artist and photographer. Mi
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Andrew Updegrove
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In her first career, Lesley Hayes was a professional writer, and in her second, a psychotherapist. The result, upon her return to fiction writing, is an elegant style informed by insights into the human condition that most authors would be unable to tweeze out of the confusing lives that surround them.

At the core of A Field Beyond Time is the conflict between what we believe ourselves to be, and how much of that knowledge we are willing to share – especially with those we love. That, as well as
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Robin Chambers
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This may be the wisest, and most cleverly crafted, book I have ever read. Anyone whose childhood was spent in a house where there was profound unhappiness will identify with every word.

Lesley Hayes was/is a trained psychotherapist, and her profound knowledge of the human psyche informs the deeply insightful portrayal of her characters. With consummate skill she weaves the different strands of this painfully beautiful story into an intricate, complicated and ultimately moving tale.

Never judgement
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Christoph Fischer
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“A Field beyond Time” by Lesley Hayes is a deep and complex novel of great literary quality. It is a neatly woven story consisting of two narratives, aided by journal writing, memories, thoughtful and analytical reflection and even dreams.
Very empathetic and full of depth and character development this novel reels you into its core as the characters reveal more and more about their past and themselves.
Daniel is a UK based psychotherapist with a marriage falling apart, burdened by secrets and d
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Chris-Jean Clarke
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be Prepared To Take Time To Pause For Thought Throughout The Story

There are many schools of thought or religious beliefs regarding the creation of our planet & the purpose of humankind. They have also tried to discover exactly who/what determines our physical characteristics and/or personalities.

Lesley Hayes deftly draws readers of 'The Field Beyond Time' into the mindset that it is in fact our upbringing & peer group which shape our personalities &, in turn, these factors are key to how we cop
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Tom Benson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are authors who infuse their work with rich language, but Lesley Hayes is not one - she saturates her work with rich language. No, it doesn’t mean you must have a dictionary to hand, but it creates an incredible confidence in what you are reading.
Here we have a tale of love, deceit, regret and the hope of forgiveness. Daniel must endure the lifelong agony of somebody who wanted to ‘live the dream’ as a young man. He has a heady mixture of memories, recalling wonderful times, juxtaposed to
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Sarah Stuart
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Field Beyond Time opens with a woman holding her mother’s body and for the first time not fearing rejection. Why should expect to? Why is she so angry? Readers meet her current lover, soon to be ditched before she becomes “clingy”. Chapter two introduces completely different people, and so it goes on, a glorious, deeply hidden, tangle of relationships. To say more would be the give away the end of what is a truly brilliant psychological drama.

“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I a
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Jan Riley
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've waited over a week to review this book as the story has lingered on long beyond the final page. The characters became so real, I just didn't want to say goodbye to them. I find this is the case for all of Lesley Hayes' books and I'm often left thinking of her characters as old friends. I loved how the chapters alternated between the two different storylines and also flitted between memories and present day. The ending of each chapter left me intrigued and eager to find out more but then I'd ...more
Tom Thorpe
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read 'The Drowned Phoenician Sailor', I was intrigued to see that Lesley Hayes had once again chosen to write about a psychotherapist - I suppose it's territory with which she's very familiar, much as Oxford itself, where this novel is once again set.

However, as I was waiting initially for the witty asides, it soon became clear that this story and her style of writing in this novel is something quite different! Not only was the voice of this book's psychotherapist, Daniel, unlike Paul's i
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Rebecca Bryn
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review of A Field beyond Time by Lesley Sky​
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I'm not sure I have the language to do this book justice. I could say it's about emotional and physical relationships between three women, or the mother/daughter and father/son relationships, or the anguish a parent feels on losing a child, or the gullibility of youth. I could say it's an intricate, meticulous and introspective dissection of the human psyche. It's all these things, and much more. It's so beau
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Dawn
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The blurb had instantly intrigued me. The struggle of dealing with a tormented past, the determination to find a father while maybe finding love along the way, and the willingness to try to save a marriage set the tone of the book nicely. I knew upon reading this book, it wasn’t going to be like my typical style, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Each written word plays a vital role in this novel, and I paid close attention to the details because I was afraid of missing
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Thurman Jr.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The hidden past is about to be revealed in A Field Beyond Time by Lesley Hayes. Daniel, with the aid of his crass, surly coot of a father, has buried his secrets and lifeline of bad blood in the recesses of his memories, where fact and fiction have merged into an unknown world of self torture. Callie, his wife, hiding a secret of her own, is left to choose which Daniel she married, and what belief to pin upon his chest. All the while, Mira is on her own crooked path to find the buried secrets th ...more
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Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women's magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called 'Keeping Secre ...more

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