By Kitty Ray
Published Jan 2010
Fiercely independent, single and pregnant, university lecturer Ellis Jones has fled her career and found refuge in the small primitive Suffolk cottage she inherited from her Great Aunt Nell. Here she intends to spend the rest of her pregnancy on her own, sparing her young lover Joe from being saddled with fatherhood before he is ready.
In the dusty fireplace of the cottage, she finds a diary hidden in a package addressed to herself. Clearly intended for her, Ellis savours the spidery entries of her aunt slowly piecing together the extraordinary story of Nell’s life.