Set in a Cornish village just after the First World War it tells the story of two sisters, Violet and Bea Diamond, and of Violet’s momentous decision to adopt a young black orphan, Gracie. This adoption has far-reaching and unforeseen consequences for the family, in a tale of prejudice, struggle, privation, love, tragedy and the indomitability of the human spirit. The eponymous statue is a commemoration of the war dead, but this is a novel about much more than the aftermath of conflict. It explores a generation’s progress through a time of remarkable social change, effortlessly blending the personal dramas of its protagonists with the global landscape from which they cannot be separated. Moving, endearing, compelling and beautifully written, it grips the reader all the way to its quietly heart-breaking conclusion.
Peripheral Vision is her previous novel and the one before that, It So Happens, was long-listed for the Orange prize.
Peripheral Vision is a funny, moving, enthralling story of love, separation, deception and betrayal spanning two generations from the years of post-war austerity to the modern era of consumerism and affluence. At its heart is the tragic love story of Iris and Rob, whose idyll is crushed by the straitjacket of a class-bound society and a conspiracy born of prejudice. But there are more loves and more deceptions to come. Pat Ferguson has written possibly her finest work yet, a great romantic drama rooted in a world so real you can smell and taste it, and peopled with an unforgettable cast of characters: victims, lovers, villains, ogres and fools. She is writing at the height of her powers, in a voice utterly assured and in prose that delights, compels and surprises, without a wasted word. It was originally published in the UK by Solidus and in the USA by Other Press, and was long-listed for the Orange prize. It is shortly to be republished by Pembury House Publishing.
Between 1985 and 1995 Pat had three novels and a short story collection published by Deutsch. Her first book, Family Myths and Legends, won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. In 1995 she took an extended break from writing to raise her children, but returned with It So Happens.
Her latest novel Aren't We Sisters? was published by Penguin on 3rd July 2014.
Following on from The Midwife's Daughter, Aren't We Sisters? is a gripping novel about buried secrets and unlikely friendship.
Norah Thornby can no longer afford to live in her grand family home in the centre of Silkhampton. Unless, perhaps, she can find a respectable lodger.
But Nurse Lettie Quick is not nearly as respectable as she seems. What's really going on at the clinic she has opened? And why has she chosen Silkhampton?
Meanwhile the beautiful Rae Grainger has found the perfect place to stay, in an isolated house miles away from the town. It's certainly rather creepy, especially at candlelit bedtime, but Rae knows that all she has to do is stay out of sight, until others - paid, professional others - are ready to take her little problem away. Then she can just forget the whole ghastly business . . . can't she?
No one guesses, of course, that there's a killer quietly at work in Silkhampton; that in one way or another all three women are in danger.