England, 31st August 1939: the world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, 8-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees.
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Customer Reviews for The Very Thought of You
Review 1 for The Very Thought of You
16 January 2011
This book is brilliant, i read it in two days and couldn't put it down. An absolute must buy!
The story is well thought out and the characters are very easy to engage with.
The emotions of the characters are written with precision and care. The era is also bought to life very well.
For a debut this is a class act!
Review 3 for The Very Thought of You
I absolutely loved this book...
20 July 2010
The Very Thought of You is such a well written and atmospheric novel; I found it really evocative of the time and locations and found myself trying to imagine who would play the characters if it were made into a film!
Rosie Alison seems to have an incredible talent for describing feelings that i'm sure we must have all felt at some time.
I agree with another reviewer.. I'm not sure the cover of the book accurately reflects the content.
'The Very Thought of You' is Rosie Alison's first novel, she is better known as a film producer and co-produced the excellent 'Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' - the film adaptation of John Boyne's novel.
I was entranced by this story from the opening pages, although I am not convinced that the cover of the book is a good representation of the type of story it is - I chose to read it as it is on the Orange Prize shortlist.
Rosie Alison got the idea for her story from some papers that she found amongst her father's belongings, dating back to the war. The story is about Anna, an eight-year old London girl who is one of a group of evacuees who find themselves in a grand house in Yorkshire - Ashton Hall.
This is quite a simple story but has many sub-plots, essentially about love and loss, but it is also a coming-of-age novel. Some of the passages describing war-time deaths and losses are so graphic, and very very sad.
The main characters are very well written, they are likeable but flawed in the whole, except for Anna who still has that innocence of youth, until, that is, the end of the story, when her experiences at Ashton Hall clearly shape what type of adult she will become.
I was really impressed by this debut novel - the story will stay with me for a long time - the sense of period and place was excellent.