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The Separation

The Separation

Author(s): Dinah Jefferies

Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s

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Content

A country at war with itself, a family divided and betrayed, a bond that can never be broken…

Malaya, 1955. Lydia Cartwright returns from visiting a sick friend to an empty house. The servants are gone. The phone is dead. Where is her husband Alec? Her young daughters, Emma and Fleur?

Fearful and desperate, she contacts the British District Officer and learns that Alec has been posted up country. But why didn’t he wait? Why did he leave no message?

Lydia’s search takes her on a hazardous journey through war-torn jungle. Forced to turn to Jack Harding, a man she’d vowed to leave in her past, she sacrifices everything to be reunited with her family.

And while carrying her own secrets, Lydia will soon face a devastating betrayal which may be more than she can bear . . .

 

 

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The Malaysian setting is particularly well drawn, as is the era of the 50s in which the book is set. Lydia is away visiting a sick friend and upon her return discovers that her...

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1950s Malaya beautifully evoked

Author: tripfiction

The Separation has an arresting opening chapter from which the rest of the book flows. This is the story of one little family, Alec and Lydia Cartwright, and their young daughters Emma and Fleur,...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021