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England, 31st August 1939: the world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unravelling relationship, seeing things that are t meant for her eyes - and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair, with unforeseen consequences. A story of longing, loss and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is t just a love story but a story about love.
Born in 1964, Rosie Alison read English at Keble College, Oxford. She spent over ten years working in television, as a producer-director of arts documentaries (her director credits include The South Bank Show, Omnibus and Grand Designs). Currently Head of Development at Heyday Films in the UK - the production company of the Harry Potter film series - she has recently co-produced two feature films (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, just released, and the forthcoming film Is Anybody There?).
Commended for Romantic Novelists' Association Awards: Romantic Novel of the Year 2010. Shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 and Amazon Rising Stars Award - Spring 2009.