Hidden by London’s wealth, energy and need for cheap labour, the city’s immigrant population is powerless, despised and often illegal. So when a young woman’s body is discovered on Hampstead Heath one cold morning, she could be anyone...Rich or poor, outsider or insider, five strangers are connected in undreamed-of ways as greed, courage, murder and kindness link their lives.
Friends and relations of the Noble family have gathered for two weeks in the enchanting Tuscan hills. American academic, Daniel; Ellen, a successful shoe designer; Hermani, a doctor and single mother and Ivo, trickster and charmer are among the characters who play out their scenes of love, generosity, and hope. But the differing perceptions of the English and Americans add some surprising twists.
In 1965, Laura, an American illustrator of children's books, committed suicide in Primrose Hill after Benedick's father left her for another woman. Her son can remember nothing about her, but the fairy-tales and their tantalizing illustrations convince him that his own life is in some way echoing hers.
"Unlikable lead charector"