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Annie Murray
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Book Description

4 May 2007

Beautiful, dark-haired Lily has been abandoned in a Birmingham slum as a tiny child. With few clues as to her identity she endures a childhood of loneliness and loss. At eighteen she applies for a post as nanny with the family of a Captain Fairford, a soldier in Ambala, north India and his highly strung wife Susan. Lily is drawn into the emotional life of the Fairford family and adores her charge, two year old Cosmo.

When, in 1907, Captain Fairford orders a new Daimler car, it is brought out by a young motor mechanic, Sam Ironside. Sam and Lily fall deeply in love, and it is only later that Lily learns that Sam is married and feels utterly betrayed. When Cosmo is later sent home to school, Lily finds another post with a Dr. McBride and his invalid wife, in a beautiful Himalayan hill station. The place is idyllic, and Lily settles for a quiet life. However, she is unprepared for the pain and misunderstandings that follow and force her to run from everything she has known . . .

Where Earth Meets Sky takes us from Edwardian England and the British Raj, through the darkness of the Great War to the glamour of Brooklands Race Track in the 1920s. Spanning two continents, it is a story of enduring friendships and two hearts which cannot be kept apart.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330446096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330446099
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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This is a book that I have especially enjoyed writing. It has
a particular pull for me because the seed idea for the story comes from an
experience of my maternal grandfather, though I never met him. In 1905, he
was working as a mechanic at the Daimler Motor Company in Coventry, during
the early days of car manufacture. When a car was exported in those early
times, the company often sent a mechanic along with it to teach its buyer
to drive and maintain it, eespecially as it would be driven on foreign
terrain. My grandfather was sent twice to India with a car, the first time
to the northern cantonment town of Ambala, where he stayed for several
weeks. This has always fascinated me, and as it links two of my passions -
the history and people of the West Midlands and India - I could feel a
story growing out of it. So, on July 7th 2005 I set off to Ambala... As I
boarded the plane the TV screens were giving the first news of terribly
explosions in London and the next day the news was all over the 'Times of
India'... Apart from that continuing news, it was a wonderful journey, both
to Ambala and to the hillstation of Mussoorie and for me it was the best
kind of journey of all - one which is also the making of a story. 'Where
Earth Meets Sky' is the result.
I do hope many of you will enjoy it too.

About the Author

Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's Oxford. Her first job took her to Birmingham where most of her books are set. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written eight other successful novels, including, most recently, Family of Women. She has four children and now lives in Reading.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely novel to read 10 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
Where Earth Meets Sky by Annie Murray is lovely novel to read. The novel recaptures a historical phase. India was ruled by the British for many years, after the long existence of the moguls. Britain was the most powerful empire in the world, as unfolded in the novel. As a reader, you will learn a great deal about past events. The commonwealth represents an important chapter in British history. The British commonwealth is included in our education syllabus today. The wealthiest families owned huge mansions and staged traditional English tea parties in the most scenic areas of India including the enchanting beauty of the Himylas. The women were portrayed as domestic figures in the household, with the aid of native servants. The man held senior ranks in the army. The novel provides a real historical insight that is beautifully depicted.

The story focal point is about a young and beautiful lady Lily. She makes a fresh start, by leaving the land raised as an orphan and embarks on a long and daunting journey to the majestic land of India. She is acquainted with a charming captain and her snobbish wife to be employed as a nanny to an adorable child. She later joins the household as a housekeeper of a pocessive doctor and ill wife. The novel is a real journey of Lily's life not just in India, but includes episodes adventures in Britian. Her beauty and nice personality attracts huge amount of interest, but is an unwanted contributor of deception and betrayal. She ends up in situations unexpectly.

Where Earth Meets Sky is a great joy to read and lovely piece of historical fiction to read. It shifts between the industrial settings of Midlands and the the Raj period of India. If you express a deep interest in history, then I would recommend this particular novel to read. It is beautifully and vividily written and it feels though you are relieving events as it unfolds.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excels as usual 17 Jan 2008
By Val H
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book although totally different to her other books which are normally stories woven around Birmingham. Ms Murray sent her central character to India. Therefore,there weren't so many references to B'ham. But,nevertheless the storyline made compelling reading. I have read all of her books and cann't wait for her next novel, which I have no doubt will be soon,as she has become a prolific writer.I hope though that she will return to base her books on and around B'ham as I relate to these better especially living in the B'ham area. More, more, more Ms Murray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Earth Meets Sky by Annie Murray 21 Mar 2010
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Like all the othe books I have read by Annie Murray this was a thoroughly good read and the pace of the story was kept up right to the end. Just when you think you know what the next part is going to be it changes and keeps you wanting to to read to the end. Every part of the books I have read so far by Annie Murray are exciting and not one part has a boring bit, the only sad part is when you come to the end of the book!

This book started off in Birmingham with the heroine seeming like Cinderella but eventually going to work in service in India. I loved the descriptions about India, it almost seemed real to me and that I was there! The story had a quick pace without leaving out any descriptions for me. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 21 Sep 2012
By G. Peel
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I wondered if perhaps this book was a first for the writer, but no, it appears she has penned at least a dozen! I really found the characters irritating and the storyline rather repetitive. Despite the fact Lily has the strength of character to rise above her lowly station in life then travel, on her own, to India to start anew, her strength does not prevail - as she appears to be hell bent on blundering into the same hopeless relationships throughout her career. The episode of her experiences at the hands of the Doctor (and his colleague) were so unconvincing and I thought, at times, quite laughable! Sorry to spoil the run of good reviews but I found the characters unconvincing, shallow and... it just didn't flow. Thankfully it only cost me 99p!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 24 Nov 2013
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I have read nearly all Annie Murray books now and again have enjoyed from beginning to end.
Can't wait until the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Earth Meets Sky 20 Nov 2013
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A little different one for Annie Murray...but it was excellent, held your attention and just wanted to keep on reading !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy 7 Nov 2013
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I have read Hopscotch Summer and soldier Girl, which follows the story when they grow up. I hadn't realised that Where earth meets sky was part of a trilogy until reading the reviews. Cannot put these books down once started, but please tell us when they are part of a series as I don't want to miss any out.Would love them listed as want to read them in the right order and not miss anything out. Keep on writing Annie Murray, your books are so interesting about the period and the characters so real. I will eventually have read them all - a real treat. Christine (Nottingham)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not a very believable story... 18 Aug 2013
By Alexia
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I love Annie Murray's books and usually cannot put them down, but this was mediocre. The character was an intelligent girl and made sensible decisions, yet let men take advantage of her. Wasn't consistent but was still an okay read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly glorious read
This was an excellent read. Frankly I had a job putting the book down
and didn't want it to finish. what a lovely storyline. So well written
Published 12 months ago by Barry Hodgkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
Another excellent story from Annie Murray. Reading her whole collection as she is such a good writer. Keep up the good work Annie.
Published 12 months ago by Carolyn palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I expected this to be a good read but found the characters not very convincing. Towards the end of the story I found them a bit irrating.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars where earth meets sky- Annie Murray
where earth meets sky by Annie Murray is as usual for her books a great read and I highly recommend this and other books by the same author
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel,Romance, History - Perfect.
Loved the setting for the story. Plenty of drama, twist and turns. You really wanted this story to end well for the characters.
Published 16 months ago by Min
4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
Bought for my Grandma who is visually impaired. Bargain price and fast delivery. Can't comment on the novel but my Grandma was pleased.
Published 17 months ago by Miss Victoria Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Earth Meets Sky
Really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to someone else. I loved reading it on my IPad too.

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Published 20 months ago by sailor501
4.0 out of 5 stars Annie Murray
Haven't read this book as yet, but have read lots of her other books and have really enjoyed them, so expect to with this one.
Published 22 months ago by Maz
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