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Bluethroat Morning (Bloomsbury Paperbacks) [Paperback]

Jacqui Lofthouse
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6 Aug 2001 Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Alison Bliss, world famous model and writer, walks into the sea on a 'bluethroat morning'. In death, she becomes an even greater icon than in life. Six years later, husband Harry is still haunted by her suicide. In order to move forward into a new relationship, he must first relive the past.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (6 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747553211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747553212
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqui Lofthouse has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is the author of The Temple of Hymen. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious novel of lyrical beauty 9 Oct 2001
On a sunny, cloudless day, with marshlands stretching to an endless blue horizon, there is nowhere in the world more beautiful than Norfolk. But make that a heavy, grey sky over mud flats and you have an entirely different, oppressive landscape. Jacqui Lofthouse is good at weather. And she evokes, sometimes lyrically, a brooding landscape that echoes the state of mind of her suicidal female writer, Alison Bliss.
Bliss, daughter of a poetess and ex-model, is, or rather was, a novelist. It is through her writing notebooks and her husband's narration, as he retraces her steps to the Norfolk coast, that we begin to unravel the mystery at the heart of Jacqui Lofthouse's novel: why, having survived anorexia and the unwanted attention of a voracious press, and with her writing going well at last, did Alison Bliss decide to walk to her death into the North Sea?
Bluethroat Morning is about suicide. It is about loss, about beauty and fame, and the space between people. And it returns again and again to the feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness that ripple out into adulthood from an unsatisfactory parent-child relationship. .
Lofthouse's characters really live. They are vividly portrayed and unexpected things happen to them. Particularly wonderful is the manipulative, ninety-eight year old Ern Higham who spins his yarns to the suicidal novelist in his isolated cottage encrusted with the relics of his past. Then there is the narrator of the book, Harry Bliss, breaking out of years of mourning and celibacy, in an act of desperate coupling with his best friend's 19-year old daughter in a Norfolk graveyard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Norfolk twin-tale of obsession 10 Oct 2001
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In this novel, Jacqui Lofthouse takes us through love, obsession, self-doubt and discovery in two parallel stories interwoven by blood and spearated by a generation. I was drawn ever more deeply into a world of harsh landscapes and longstanding secrets. She skillfully combines nostalgia, romance, death and sex with a powerful combination of subtlelty and shock. I particularly enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the passionate first encounter of the central characters and then old man's lost world against the backdrop of a salty aired Norfolk shore. Read this book to escape from city life to open coastlines and wide horizons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 15 Oct 2001
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I found this a wonderfully well-written, taut, sensual and moving novel. The characters and settings are unfolded before the reader, warts and all; but with a desolate and compelling beauty. Despite the bleak subject matter - anorexia, suicide, loss - the language in which it is written makes it not a depressing read, just thought-provoking and tantalising. It stayed with me long after I had finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent mystery 8 July 2000
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This is an absorbing and tense story which kept me turning the pages. Jacqui Lofthouse has a major talent for descriptive writing which draws the reader into a situation very effectively. Her descriptions of settings are wonderful, such as the beach in Norfolk where the suicide of Alison Bliss has taken place. You really are transported totally to a cold windy bleak beach. The characters are well defined and the story unfolds into an intriguing climax. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery / crime book.
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