Item description for A Bucket of Ashes by Lanchbery Jill...
As Joanna and Sally, once friends but now separated by time, distance and culture meet again, the two women's lives, past and present intertwine. They are each forced to confront their problems compelling them to make choices they had never wanted or expected to make. Set against the colourful tropical backdrop of Nigeria, it is a novel of passion, intrigue and tragedy, of teenage angst and cultural identity, but above all it is a story of human frailty. Of what happens when people live in such close proximity that adultery becomes almost obligatory and of the goldfish environment in which it flourishes and where emotions are allowed to overrule common sense.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2006
Publisher libros international
ISBN 190598801X ISBN13 9781905988013
Reviews - What do customers think about A Bucket of Ashes?
A beautiful yet haunting adventure in Africa- Wonderful. Mar 31, 2008
The name Jill Lanchbery will be alongside the word "artistic" in my vocabulary after reading this wonderful book.The story of two woman who find their lives interlinked once more takes the reader onto a journey into the colourful world of Nigeria. Lanchbery invites the reader to join her as she writes in such a descriptive and enjoyable way that it is with pure ease and enthusiam that I followed the pages into the unknown. The overall story is touching with clarity and foresight on the authors part. I read the book in a few days using my spare time to "soak up" the "new world" that I discovered within the pages of "A bucket of ashes." Without telling any would be reader the storyline, I would simply suggest you take the time to discover a superb book.
A gentle story, well told Nov 22, 2007
Jill's story follows a fashion deigner, Joanna, on an assignment back to Nigeria, where she lived years before with her husband. Her return visit re-discovers some skeleltons from a cupboard she thought had been closed as she renews a relationship with Marcus, whom she promised not to meet. Throughout the book, Joanna has choices to make in her life and, perhaps, the return to Nigeria brings the options into sharper focus. A gentle story well told. The characters really do come to life.
A book about relationships, relationships between friends, between lovers, between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives Jan 30, 2007
Jill has conjured up the imagery of Africa with finesse, you can smell Africa, see her colours, hear her sounds. And against this backdrop, we are confronted with tough human emotions and difficult choices. We are given insights into the lifestyle of colonists in Africa, the inherent problems when two cultures are thrown into close proximity, the struggle of families dealing with discord and tragedy, and how all the characters involved handle their varying emotions. The main plot shows us an independent, strong woman learning to come to terms with her past and move on. It is the type of book that leaves you thinking about it long after you have finished the last page and put the book back onto the bookshelf. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys thoughtful, well-written narrative.
Thanks a bunch Jill! Jan 19, 2007
I'd never heard of Jill Lanchbery, but someone passed the book on to me whilst I was climbing the mountains of Southern Spain. The young lady was very attractive and so enthusiastic about the book and I kinda wanted to keep in her good books so decided to flick through the pages that night, purely to have something to talk to her about the next day. (You know how it is guys?) Well, Jill Lanchbery, thank you very much! I eventually fell asleep around 4 the next morning (I think.) and consequently slept through the alarm to wake me for breakfast. I missed my food and a potentially fulfilling day walking with the lovely dark haired beauty Emily. Thanks a lot Jill. Never mind.. I sat overlooking the Med and finished the book by the time Emily arrived back that afternoon. What a gal! Sensational! She pulled at my heartstrings like no other girl I've ever known! Emily was quite nice too!