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'A vividly drawn and powerful novel' Stylist Must-Read Books of 2018 Mission House was not built for three people. Especially when one of them won't stop humming. 1954, the South Pacific islands. When Beatriz Hanlon agreed to accompany her missionary husband Max to a remote island, she knew there would be challenges. But it isn't just the heat and the damp and the dirt. There are more insects than she could ever have imagined, and the islanders are strangely hostile. And then there are the awful noises coming from the church at night. Yet as the months go by, Bea slowly grows accustomed to life on the island. That is until an unexpected and interminably humming guest arrives, and the couple's claustrophobic existence is stretched to breaking point. Events draw to a terrible climax, and Bea watches helplessly as her husband's guilt drives him into madness. It's not long before Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom, and her life.



Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 05/04/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241320617  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Anbara Salam is half-Palestinian and half-Scottish, and grew up in London. She has a PhD in Theology and is now a research associate at the University of Oxford. She spent six months living on a small South Pacific island, and her experiences there served as the inspiration for her first novel, Things Bright and Beautiful

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Bea and her missionary husband Max are starting a new life on Advent Island, hoping to find a fulfilling life amongst the locals. What starts as hardship and loneliness soon slips into a claustrophobic and tense tale pushing both Bea and Max to their own limits and testing those of their marriage.

 

Things Bright and Beautiful delves in directions you won’t see coming, swallowing you like the darkness of the jungle, with a captivating narrative brimming with wonder, trepidation and wit. This is a deftly written and absorbing debut.

Matt, Web Team

 

Read Matt's Q&A with Anbara to find out more about island life and her inspiration for Things Bright and Beautiful.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 03/04/2018

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