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The Voyage Home [Hardcover]

Jane Rogers
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May 2004

Anne, a woman in her 30s, is bringing home the body of her missionary father, David, who has died suddenly in Nigeria. She has decided to take the long way home, by container ship, to help her come to terms with his death. What she has not reckoned with though is that she gets involved both with two stowaways (clandestinely) and the ship's mate (sexually) and that the journey will end in murder. Nor, for that matter, that reading her father's diaries will reveal that she has an illegitimate sibling, whose fate her father was seeking when he died and whom she too must attempt to find in order to make peace with herself.

In 'The Voyage Home', Jane Rogers takes important contemporary themes such as immigration and colonialism, and uses them as a basis for a profound and page-turning novel.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585675091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585675098
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Jane Rogers has written 8 novels including Mr Wroe's Virgins (which she dramatised as an award-winning BBC drama serial), Her Living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), and Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Fiction Award).
She also writes radio drama (most recently Dear Writer, BBC afternoon play), and adaptations (most recently The Custom of the Country, Classic serial, Jan 2010).
She is Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
The film of her novel Island is due for release this summer. Her short story 'Hitting trees with sticks' was shortlisted in the 2009 National Short Story Award, and she is currently working on a short story collection.
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Roger's prose flows elegantly and with effortless power.... Intricately plotted, with the ability to repeatedly surprise (OBSERVER)

What a book. What an astonishing achievement (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

A richly layered drama in which guilt and depression are never far away. (INDEPENDENT)

THE VOYAGE HOME is as complex and as unexpected as her earlier work. (FT MAGAZINE) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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* Themes of dislocation, secrets and redemption are packed into a gripping story --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping narrative. 9 July 2014
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A compelling read written brilliantly by an author at the top of her game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 May 2004
This book really made me think about whether I'd behave as badly as some of the main characters did - or whether I'd be able to do the right thing even if it was really difficult. I thought it was fascinating the way Jane Rogers gave the reader such clear pictures of people acting REALLY badly and other people acting really well and thinking about it hard.
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