Jane Gardam's marvelous stories of young girls on the threshold of womanhood--God on the Rocks and Crusoe's Daughter--have delighted fans and critics alike. These -modern classics- (The Independent) are w joined by a new vel that is equally fresh and genuine, comic and touching. Jessica Vye introduces herself with an enigmatic prouncement: -I ought to tell you at the beginning that I am t quite rmal, having had a violent experience at the age of nine.- A revered author has told Jessica that she is, beyond all doubt, a born writer. This proves an accurate prediction of the future, one that indelibly colors her life at school and her preception of the world. Jessica has always kwn that her destiny would be shaped by her refusal to conform, her compulsion to tell the absolute truth, and her dedication to observing the strange wartime world that surrounds her. What she doesn't kw, however, is that the experiences and ideas that set her apart will also lead her to a new and wholly unexpected life. Told with grace and inimitable wit, A Long Way to Verona is a wise and vivid portrait of adolescent discovery and impending adulthood.
Jane Gardam is the only author to have twice been awarded Britain's prestigious Costa (formerly Whitbread) Award for Best Novel. She is widely known for her revered trilogy: Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends. She lives in the south of England by the sea.