‘The sure-footedness of a pro, an amazing debut’ Jeffrey ArcherAbsorbing and richly observed, THE RESTLESS SEA is a masterful story of the turbulent years of the Second World War.‘The sure-footedness of a pro, an amazing debut’ Jeffrey ArcherAbsorbing and richly observed, THE RESTLESS SEA is a masterful story of the turbulent years of the Second World War.Three lives collide in a way that only the war makes possible…Jack, a child of the Blitz, has fled the law to become a seaman in the Merchant Navy. The frozen world of the Russian Arctic convoys may be harsh, but it opens his eyes to a new life.While on leave in the Navy’s secret Scottish harbour, Jack meets Olivia, the cossetted daughter of an officer family. Free to roam, Olivia relishes the new freedom granted by war. But her family – and especially the well-connected Charlie, now a fast-rising pilot – don’t welcome these changes. Least of all the arrival of Jack, the boy who casts doubt on each of their futures.The war inflicts danger and social upheaval like never before. But the most unlikely friendships are forged in times when people live like they don’t want tomorrow to come…‘A rich and skilful novel dramatizing how the war changed so many lives’ Elizabeth Buchan‘The sure-footedness of a pro, an amazing debut’ Jeffrey Archer‘This is a story about class changing conventions, as much as it is a war story . . . De Haan writes with depth and compassion’ The Times‘The second world war brings three people's lives crashing together in this nuanced debut . . . Carefully researched and sensitively written, this is an emotional and memorable read’ Woman’s Own‘A beautifully layered, expressive novel’ Historical Novel Society‘Packs a powerful emotional punch . . . a wonderfully engaging new voice' Toronto StarVanessa de Haan is a freelance journalist and editor. She has worked in-house for various media companies and spent most of her career at The Spectator magazine.In 2005 Vanessa moved temporarily from London to Devon to concentrate on her own writing and never left. She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and was a columnist on the Western Morning News for almost three years. When not writing, Vanessa is a proofreader and copy editor. She still lives in Devon, now with a husband, three children and various animals.• For fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard, Ken Follett and Jeffrey Archer, this is an utterly absorbing and richly observed novel of three lives – intertwining extraordinarily – during WWII• Vanessa de Haan is a bold new voice, whose debut displays ambition and meticulous research. She effortlessly combines incredible & immersive detail on the social & military conditions of war, with blockbuster twists and page-turning action• Vanessa is very well connected; she is journalist, now living in Devon, who previously worked with Boris Johnson at the Spectator• We’re laying the groundwork early to firmly establish our ambition for this powerful debut – early buzz-building through a short, exclusive bound proof run for endorsements
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