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In the Dark

Deborah Moggach

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1426-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"

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By the author of Tulip Fever, a historical drama bursting with secrets and passions.

1916: Pretty young Eithne Clay runs a shabby-genteel South London boarding house while her husband is off at the War. There’s Ralph, her fourteen-year old son, and Winnie the young maid, a homely, goodhearted country girl, and the lodgers, of course, a curious but necessary burden. They include blind Alwyne Flyte, communist and cynic, victim of a gas attack in the trenches. When the dreaded telegram arrives at the house, things turn from difficult to desperate for the two young women. Then along comes the butcher, Neville Turk, big handsome ladies’ man, irresistible for his meat, money and brutish confidence, who throws flighty Eithne into a turmoil but has sinister plans of his own. Winnie and the blind lodger, meanwhile, conduct a strange, erotic liaison of their own. And young Ralph, ignored by his mother, looks on, feeling the undercurrents of desire, seeing more than he should. All the strands come together in a shocking denouement that turns a coward into a hero and young Ralph into a man. They’re all in the dark with their dreams, secrets and fantasies, and electric light, new to their world, may be a boon but it reveals both grime and secrets. Life is tough on the home front and they’re all working the system in different ways, sometimes comic sometimes tragic, always human.

“A charming tale moved along by several late-in-the-game twists.”

In the Dark masterfully recreates London during the Great War, focusing not on the trenches but on the inhabitants of a shabby Southwark boarding house. In a stunning climax, the choice between right and wrong is as complex as Moggach’s characters.”
Historical Novel Society

Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels, including Heartbreak Hotel, published by Overlook. Her novel Tulip Fever has been adapted for film and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was made into a movie starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.

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