On the eve of World War I, Alix's two-year-old cousin Charlie disappears while in her care and is never seen again. Years later, Alix is haunted by the loss of her baby cousin. As the world descends into the horrors of war once more, the question remains: will Charlie Lanchbury ever be found?
July 1914, the eve of the First World War, and fourteen-year-old Alix Gregory is holidaying in France with the wealthy Lanchbury family. She is looking after two-year-old Charlie Lanchbury when he disappears during a family picnic and is never seen again. Once a happy, carefree girl, Alix is blamed for the tragedy and cannot escape from the resulting disintegration of the family. The war ends and Alix tries to pick up the threads of her life. Through her marriage and the birth of her son, Rory, she finds happiness, and through her meeting with the brothers Derry and Jonathan Fox, she finds love. Yet, living in her ancient and beautiful home, Owlscote, she is haunted by the loss of her baby cousin. As the years pass, and as the world descends into the horrors of war once more, the question remains- will Charlie Lanchbury ever be found? In The Shadow Child Judith Lennox has written her most brilliant and touching novel, a story of love and loss that stays forever in the mind.
Judith Lennox was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, but spent most of her childhood in an isolated part of the Hampshire countryside, living in what had formerly been the gamekeeper's cottage of a large country house. After attending a variety of schools, she read English at Lancaster University, and has since worked as a civil servant, an abstracter of scientific reports, and as a pianist for a ballet school. She met her husband, Iain, at Lancaster, they have three sons and now live in Cambridgeshire. Of her novels The Secret Years, The Winter House, Some Old Lover's Ghost, Footprints on the Sand and The Shadow Child are published by Corgi Books.
Shadow Child by Judith Lennox
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