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Francesca Fairweather has never lived up to the extrovert image of her copper-coloured hair. Escaping a difficult mother and a disastrous love affair to become a student in 1960s Bristol, she lurches from crisis to crisis.

In this coming-of-age novel, we join Fran on her journey of self-discovery. She is tested by loss and grief, by her strange marriage and by the secrets r
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Paperback, 307 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by SilverWood Books
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Barbara Lamplugh
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this novel, Jill Treseder returns to her themes of identity and family secrets. She captures well the atmosphere of the 60s in which her protagonist Fran grows up, as well as the agonies of being a teenager. As the story progresses, we see her developing maturity in the context of the changing times. Fran's relationships, particularly with her parents and children, are well portrayed and the characters are convincing. The chapters switching to Fran's mother Eleanor's point of view cast light ...more
Christa Laird
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Jill Treseder demonstrates her considerable skill in conveying strong, complex and often ambivalent emotions. Her characters are all distinct individuals, vividly and sensitively drawn, and the relationships between them are woven into an ingenious plot, which contains both suspense and surprise. I particularly liked her depiction of a number of very different inter-generational relationships, showing the influence, even power, they exert on the lives of her characters. It is a though ...more
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Jill Treseder’s first career was in professional social work and the second in the human side of management development. This work led indirectly to the publication of 'The Wise Woman Within: Spirals to Wholeness' (2004) a self-development book for women exploring feminine wisdom.

Her first novel 'The Hatmaker’s Secret' (2013) is based on a family secret. The second, 'A Place of Safety' (2014) is
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