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- DescriptionLong Description In 1933, Ralph leaves England for a new life on the island of Lamu, a journey forced upon him by his fiancee's father. In a series of letters, he writes to Lilian using her parting gift - a Mabie Todd, Blackbird No 8 ink pen with a heart shaped reservoir. Despite getting replies Ralph describes the journey, his fellow passengers and upon arrival, his colleagues and other ex-pats. In time, Ralph comes to the conclusion that any feelings he had for his lover were delusional. He makes the life-changing decision t to return to the land of his birth and sends the pen back to a still-silent Lilian. As their story unfolds and reaches the final and permanent severing of ties, Baker spreads more modern tales of lost love and broken friendships in increasingly exotic locations between his hero's missives. The common factor throughout is the pen passed by Lilian to her grand-daughter whose father was the product of a moment of passion snatched before Ralph left the cold shores of England. The tightness of these vignettes is masterful and the twist in the tale is at once moving and deeply satisfying.
- Author BiographyAlex Wyndham Baker was born in England but has been 'pinballing' around the planet for some twenty years, working variously as a barman in LA, TV reporter in Bangkok, magazine editor in Hong Kong, copywriter in Nairobi, mojito vendor in Barcelona, hotel inspector in India and English teacher in the Galapagos. He started writing Cursive after a climbing accident in Kenya incapacitated him for a year and currently lives in Somerset with his fiancee and a limp. The pen exists and is carried everywhere by the author.
- Author(s)Alex Wyndham Baker
- PublisherCutting Edge Press
- Date of Publication28/06/2012
- SubjectRomance & Sagas
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCutting Edge Press
- Weight573 g
- Width140 mm
- Height205 mm
- Spine38 mm
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