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The Silent Tide [Hardcover]

Rachel Hore
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20 Jun 2013
When Emily Gordon, editor at a London publishing house, commissions an account of great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a tricky path between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, who's determined to protect his secrets, and the biographer, charming and ambitious Joel Richards. But someone is sending Emily mysterious missives about Hugh Morton's past and she discovers a buried story that simply has to be told… One winter's day in 1948, nineteen year old Isabel Barber arrives at her Aunt Penelope's house in Earl's Court having run away from home to follow her star. A chance meeting with an East European refugee poet leads to a job with his publisher, McKinnon & Holt, and a fascinating career beckons. But when she develops a close editorial relationship with charismatic young debut novelist Hugh Morton and the professional becomes passionately personal, not only are all her plans put to flight, but she finds herself in a struggle for her very survival. Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently evokes the milieux of London publishing past and present and connects the very different worlds of two young women, Emily and Isabel, who through their individual quests for truth, love and happiness become inextricably linked.

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857209744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857209740
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

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'Hore, like Kate Mosse, who also often follows the lives of a contemporary and a historical protagonist, prefers to write long, well-researched historical novels in highly accessible prose rather than lit fic, and, with both being bestsellers, who can blame them? ' -- Independent on Sunday

'The premise is good and main characters well-drawn and engaging'-- The Sunday Times

'Alternating between the 1950s and today, publishing assistant Isabel marries a celebrated novelist. But the marriage fails and her name disappears from records. Helping with the novelist's biography, Emily, who works at the same publisher 50 years later, decides to find out what happened to Isabel. The writer's second wife, now a widow, seems to be obstructing the truth. As the story goes back and forth between the eras, fragments of info are slowly revealed. An intelligent thriller'-- This Week's Hot Read Woman

'Ms Hore specialises in intelligent, well-written, romantic fiction, without a hint of chick lit. She's telling the stories of two women in different eras, connected by a novelist…. Delicious bookish romance' --Kate Saunders, Saga magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter's Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, and the latest Sunday Times bestseller A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012.

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Read 10 Jun 2013
By Ann M
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I have read and enjoyed all Rachel Hore's previous novels and this one does not disappoint. It is a dual time novel set both in the late 1940s/early 1950s and the present day. Both Emily the present day character and Isabel the 1940/50s character work in publishing. The link between them is Hugh Morton a best selling author of the 1950s. Emily is editing a forthcoming biography of Hugh whilst Isabel edited his first novel and actually became his first wife. However she gets little or no mention in the biography and this surprises Emily. Hugh's widow and second wife Jacqueline is intent on controlling the content of the biography and wants little mention of his first marriage. Then, from an anonymous source, Emily receives a manuscript written by Isabel about her life and this determines her to find out more about Isabel and her role in Hugh's life. That basically is the plot of the book though there are many twists and turns to it. There are number of interesting and well drawn characters in the book and I found the publishing background interesting. It was an engrossing and enjoyable read.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read (three and half stars) 18 July 2013
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Emily Gordon, editor for a publishing firm in London, is thrilled when she is asked to take lead on a new commision; the book in question a biography of one of England's most beloved novelists, Hugh Morton, though on meeting his widow, Jacqueline, Emily rather fears the woman is quite intent on having the biography just as she wishes it, and hopes she won't exert too great an influence on the author Joel. When Emily then starts to receive secret missives telling the story of Hugh's first wife, Isabel, she quickly finds herself intruiged at this buried story of a woman in the 1950s and her struggle to exert her independance. Isabel's is a sad story; that of a modern woman striving to fight against the norms and expectations of her era, juggling her career aspirations with her personal life, and ultimately slowing sinking under the weight of it all. Emily begins to develop a deep connection to her, determined that her story should be forgotten no more, but that justice should be given to Isabel in Morton's biography; though with Jacqueline and Joel determined to keep Isabel's voice silent, will Emily succeed?

The Silent Tide is another classic Rachel Hore novel; elegantly written in its dual time narrative, with a wonderful recreation of 1940s/50s Britain, a sweeping love story at its heart and slowly emerging secrets. It is a novel that draws you immediately in with its rather dramatic opening chapter; and though thereafter the story is told at a sedate pace, it makes for a cosy and engaging read, with its attention to detail and sense of period. The story at the heart of the novel, that of a woman's struggle for a balance between her career ambitions and independance with a family life is deftly portrayed, and not completely irrelevant even in today's day and age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format feels a bit too tried and tested and plot line quite thin. Outcome was quite obvious from the start
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and Undemanding Downtime Read 6 Jun 2013
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Rachel Hore's latest book is, like her previous novels, a romantic dual time-frame story which is shared between two young women: Emily Gordon in the present day and Isabel Barber in the 1940s and 1950s. In the present day we meet Emily, a young and attractive book editor, who works for Parchment Press, a London publishing house, which owns the publishing rights to the works of recently deceased novelist, Hugh Morton who, in the 1950s, wrote the best selling novel: 'The Silent Tide'. When her employers decide to commission a biography of Hugh Morton, Emily finds herself travelling to Stone House, Salmarsh, in Suffolk to meet Hugh's widow, the rather formidable Jacqueline. At Stone House, Emily meets Morton's biographer, Joel Richards, an ambitious and good-looking young man, who makes her aware that he finds her attractive. But Emily's affections are already spoken for as she is in love with Matthew, a tall and darkly handsome, but rather unreliable poet. However when Matthew calls a halt to their relationship, saying he needs more time and space for his writing, Emily throws herself into her work and, in consequence, becomes much more involved with the charming Joel than she intended. But Joel is not all he appears to be, and Emily soon becomes concerned about the Morton biography, feeling that Joel is allowing himself to become intimidated by the indomitable Jacqueline Morton, who has very firm ideas about what should be included in the biography of her beloved husband, which involves Joel practically ignoring the importance and influence of Morton's first wife, the beautiful and ambitious, Isabel.

In the late 1940s we meet Isabel Barber, a beautiful, auburn-haired young woman who runs away from home and turns up on the doorstep of her Aunt Penelope's London home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ftsouthwark 9 Feb 2014
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I have read all but one of Rachel's book and the cover of this one seduced me big time - I just had to walk through that gate - This intriguing storyline had me hooked from the word "go" .... part of the book was set in my beloved Suffolk which Rachel describes beautifully and then to be set in 1953 at the time of the great flood/tidal surge plus it was the year I was born too .... was just the icing on the cake ... but the cherry on the top of that cake was to find she had used the good old name of "Catchpole" ... which means so much to me ...(less)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
This book made me keep wanting to turn the pages and the unexpected twist at the end was excellent .
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I like all the Rachel Hore books I have read, this is novel is no expection.
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Published 27 days ago by Lady from Aberdeen
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
This is the most banal and uninteresting book I have ever read. Well, couldn't manage more than 30 % - that was more than enough! I just had a peak to see how it ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eva Solveig Lundberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
This is a great book. I borrowed it from the library I'm working at. I neglected so many of my chores due to this book. This would make a good film if it already hasn't been made. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phebe753
4.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Tide
The story is quite good but having read The House of Dust and Dreams first, I don't think it compares. The tale alternates regularly between the present day and the 1940's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Hopefull
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Tide by Rachel Hore.
Loved this! The latest in a long list of books I've read by her. Would enthusiastically recommend this to my many reading and non-reading friends.
Published 3 months ago by Mary A
3.0 out of 5 stars No really that good
It's very slow, easy to put down, I'm 60 % through the book and haven't really got on with any of the characters so far.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Middleton
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