Fiction lemon grove

Published on March 6th, 2014


The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

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Blurb: Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same. (Tinder Press, February 2014)

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

The Lemon Grove has the potential to be an enormous summer hit. It is taut and lyrical; steamy, tender and full of insight. Like the Australian writer Nikki Gemmell before her, Walsh has proved that literary fiction and erotica need not be mutually exclusive.”

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Scarlett Thomas, The Sunday Times

“This honest, engaging and readable novel deftly explores aspects of ageing, authenticity and identity, and Jenn provides a nice counterpunch to all the I’m-old-and-fat-and-bald-but-still-want-to-shag-young-women protagonists created by highbrow, literary men.”

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Kate Saunders, The Times

“Walsh’s writing is beautiful.”

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