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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844088577

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By the bestselling author of Black Narcissus and The River

‘Her craftsmanship is always sure; her understanding of character is compassionate and profound; her prose is pure, delicate, and gently witty’ New York Times

Grizel Dane, a bold young servicewoman in the US army, arrives at the London home of her great-uncle Sir Rollo Dane seeking refuge from the chaos of wartime. Through the old man, Grizel learns the surprising history of the Dane family and Lark Ingoldsby.

Orphaned by a train crash, Lark was taken in by the Danes as an adoptive daughter but soon found herself caught in a web of sibling rivalry, love and attrition. Selina Dane, racked with jealousy, set out to destroy Lark’s dreams of love. When Grizel falls for Pax Masterson, a wounded airman, Rollo urges her to seize her chance for happiness, as he was not able to.

A passionate story of romance and tragedy, A Fugue in Time inspired the classic film Enchantment starring David Niven and Teresa Wright.

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A genius for storytelling
Evening Standard
One of our best and most original novelists.
Philip Hensher