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The Way Back Home by @freya_north

By Pamelascott

One summer, something happened that changed everything forever...

Born and brought up in an artists' commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people. The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could run free.

But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen. And now, having been gone eighteen years, Oriana is back.

This is their story.


[When I was born there were already other children at Windward]


(HarperCollins, 21 May 2015, first published 1 May 2014, 448 pages, paperback, bought from @BarnardosScot)



I was engrossed in this book from start to finish. The Way Back Home is a fantastic observation of friendship, love, loss and regret. North is an expert at leaving things off the page and much of the book's power is what isn't said or remarked upon. The book has a dark, haunted tone. Its clear Oriana, Jed and Malachy share a dark past but exactly what secret they share isn't revealed until the last few chapters of The Way Back Home and its all the more devastating because of this. Oriana, Jed and Malachy are fantastic characters, well-drawn, real and made of flesh and blood. The book has quite a large number of characters and they are all very well written.

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