England, 1937. In the village of Blacknowle on the Dorset coast, 14-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing. Shunned by her neighbours, the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey - along with his exotic mistress and their daughters - is like a breath of fresh air. As Charles's muse, Mitzy develops a deep and abiding bond with the Aubrey household over the course of the following three summers. Gradually, Mitzy begins to perceive a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. It is a love that will grow as she does: from innocence to obsession, from childish infatuation to something far more complex.
It will be almost 75 years before the consequences of this potent desire are fully played out, as a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at the intensity of it. The questions he asks will lead him back to Blacknowle, and draw him to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.
Moving from the wilds of the Dorset coast to the intoxicating heat of a Moroccan summer, A Half Forgotten Song explores the quixotic nature of memory - and the perils of obsessive love.
Audio edition read by Jacqueline King. With numerous audiobook and stage credits to her name, Jacqueline King has also had a great variety of television roles, including parts in Doctors, Doctor Who, The Bill, 55 Degrees North and Casualty.
©2012 Katherine Webb (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I've read all of Katherine Webb's books, and although this was my least favourite, it is still an entertaining listen. Jacqueline King's narration is superb - I wish she had narrated all of Webb's books. It is some time since I listened to this, but thinking about it has brought back all of its powerful imagery. I really did visit new places reading this one. Can't wait for next release.
a fantastic listen. the story is really well read and the plot and sub plot make this one of the best audio books i have listened to. the accents are believable, characters likeable and the scene setting really engages the listener. i look forward to more of her work and will also seek out the reader as she made the book come alive.
This book is enchanting. The narrator Jacqueline King bought the book alive, she has incredible talent.
"Another beautifully crafted story by Webb"
I love Katherine Webb's novels.
Her ability to describe places is second to none.
In this tale she continues her style of setting the plot across two time periods and as usual there is a cracking twist at the end.
I always care about Katherine's characters, and the main character in this book, Mitzy Hatcher is no different (although Cat from 'The Unseen' remains my favourite character).
There are themes of family, alienation, obsession and beauty in this book. Each character is so well written and the pace of the novel is just perfect. The suspense and intrigue is built in a beautifully subtle way and I am always satisfied with the way Katherine Webb ends her books.
Looking forward to her next novel.
"A well constructed gripping tale"
Captivating from the beginning. Fascinating characters you don't necessarily like but are enthralled by their thoughts and feelings. I listened to this on holiday and found I looked forward to getting back to it when I had the chance. Well read and very convincing, although 'Hannah's voice' slightly irritating! I look forward to listening to more of her books.
I purchased this book after it was recommended by Audible. It is boring, i have restarted it three times and cannot get into it. This is obviously my personal opinion but it appears the author has appeared to identify current themes for returning to the past but has failed to capture my imagination. Sorry but i am unable to finish this book.
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