Rook by Jane Rusbridge


Jane Rusbridge

Family secrets, hidden loss and mysterious historical questions are all bound together in this poetic novel. The village of Bosham on England’s south coast comes vividly to life and I found myself enraptured by this moving, atmospheric story.


They turn at the noise of water in turmoil. White feathers and water droplets snare the light as a swan heaves its weight out of the water. With the power and swell of a strongman’s shoulders, its wings spread and smack the water again and again while, in the white-water commotion, mallards flee, quacking and flapping over the surface. When finally the swan concertinas down, wings folding with a settling shake, it glides past them on the terrace, neck looped in elegance, one dark-rimmed eye turned towards Nora.

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