If I could tell you / Elizabeth Wilhide.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: UK : Fig Tree, 2016.
ISBN: 9780241209592 (hbk.) :
Suffolk, 1939: Julia is a young wife and mother, whose husband Richard's good looks mask his crashing conventionality. When she falls for the dashing but unreliable documentary filmmaker Dougie she gives up her staid, provincial life and moves to London to live a bohemian life with him, unwittingly and agonisingly losing the right to see her young son along the way. In London she quickly realises how useless and unskilled she is at anything, and the great romance is not all it seemed. But then the war intervenes, a new sense of purpose arrives, and Julia discovers she has a rare gift.
308 pages ; 24 cm
Brief Encounter one step further - the step Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard didn't take. Julia, wife and mother in a well ordered life, married to a handsome solicitor "who pays the bills". Enter Dougie the enigmatic film director of propaganda films for the MOI and with whom she begins an affair. She leaves her comfortable life and her son for a life with unconventional & unreliable Dougie who proves to be a womaniser and love-rat. She finds herself with nothing and having to fend for herself in a life she has not been prepared for. The war &the new relationship changes her, she has to redefine her life, findwork & learn new skills. The blitz which destroys London beyond recognition as is it does to Julia's life. How attitudes changed to "live for today" and the different attitudes to divorce and adultery by society between then and now. "Dougie was the bomb that had gone off in her life. He was the explosion. Now only pieces remained"
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