When human beings don't talk about love things go wrong. If a mother had told her daughter, even once, that she loved her they might not have spent years without seeing each other. If a man had found the courage to tell a woman that he'd always loved her she might never have married a different man. And if a father had told his daughter that he loved her when her mother died, she might not have suffered the breakdown that caused a rift with her own daughter years later. But if you are born into a family that never talks about love, how do you learn to say the words? "Speaking of Love" is a first novel about what happens when people who love each other don't say so. It is also about the human need for stories and how stories can help make sense of the random nature of life. The novel is set in East Anglia, in London and at a storytelling festival in the grounds of a medieval castle in south Wales.
Angela Young is a graduate of Middlesex University's MA in Creative Writing and is the author of two novels. In 1995, BBC Books published Angela's 30,000-word ending to Edith Wharton's last, unfinished novel, The Buccaneers, a story of love and marriage set among the British aristocracy and the American moneyed classes in late nineteenth-century England.
Speaking of Love is Angela's first novel. It follows the relationship of a mother and daughter and what happens when people find it impossible to say the words 'I love you'; when people find it difficult to say the things that matter the most. It's also a novel about hope and the restoration of trust and has been described as 'beautifully written' by Joanna Lumley, and 'suffused with a love of storytelling and a warmth that makes it a pleasure to read' by the Daily Mail.
Angela's second novel, The Dance of Love, is a coming-of-age tale set in the same era as Downton Abbey. It spans two decades (1899-1919) of vast historical change and, through the joys and disappointments of its heroine, the beautiful, wealthy but independently minded Natalie Edwardes, it reveals the many faces of love. It will be published by buried river press, a new imprint of Robert Hale Publishers on 31 July, 2014.
Collages, an anthology of new writing, was published in 2013 and includes an extract from Angela's third novel, a work in progress called For the Love of Life about an angel who accidentally falls in love with a human being.
Angela Young lives and writes in south-west London.