Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her.
"No Scarlet 'A' in Apple Tree"
John Harper is in hiding in a remote hut on a tropical island. As he lies awake at night, listening to the rain on the roof, he believes his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to happen than of what he's already done. In a local town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragic history. They begin an affair, but can they offer each other redemption? Or do the ghosts of the past always catch up with us in the end?
Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life that she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and begins a passionate affair with him - a decision that will put everything she values at risk. At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can't control what happens next.
Louise Doughty is the author of the several novels, most notably Whatever You Love and Apple Tree Yard, the latter of which is soon to be turned into a BBC adaptation staring Emily Watson. Louise joins Robin Morgan to talk about her career and her new novel, Black Water, which takes us from Indonesia to the Netherlands, to California throughout the 20th century.
Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut halfway up the mountain in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him and that his life may now be in danger. As he waits to discover his fate, he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragic past, and begins a passionate affair. Their exile makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms - but can Rita and Harper save each other while they are putting each other very much at risk?
Die angesehene Wissenschaftlerin Yvonne Carmichael führt ein gutes Leben mit ihrem Mann. Ihre Kinder sind groß, sie weiß, was sie kann, sie fühlt sich sicher. Aber eines Tages begegnet sie einem Fremden, der sie unwiderstehlich anzieht, und sie lässt sich mit ihm auf eine leidenschaftliche Affäre ein. Bis ein Verbrechen ihr sorgsam konstruiertes Doppelleben zerstört und sie des Mordes angeklagt wird.