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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Turning for Home by Barney Norris, read by Eleanor Wyld, Paul Hickey and Timothy West.

'Isn't the life of any person made up out of the telling of two tales, after all? People live in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they have for them. The whole world makes more sense if you remember that everyone has two lives, their real lives and their dreams, both stories only a tape's breadth apart from each other, impossibly divided, indivisibly close.'

Every year, Robert's family come together at a rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins - it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn't want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met - and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.

As lyrical and true to life as Norris' critically acclaimed debut, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which won a Betty Trask Award and was short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, this is a compelling, emotional story of family, human frailty and the marks that love leaves on us.

©2018 Barney Norris (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"One of our most exciting young writers." ( The Times)
"Norris writes beautifully, unearthing extraordinary depths in the everyday...a memorable writer, mature beyond his years." ( Sunday Times)
"Norris has a gift for tapping in to ordinary lives and finding the extraordinary in them." ( Daily Mail)

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  • christina
  • 01-25-18

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Great understanding across age and gender. Characters are very real. Occasionally laboured but in turn at times incredibly moving. A writer to follow