The Very Thought of You

Publisher: Anchor Canada
England, 31st of 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, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unravelling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes - and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair, with unforseen consequences.

A story of longing, loss and complicated loyalties, combinging a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story, but a story about love.


London, 31st August 1939
There was a hint of afternoon sunshine as Anna Sands and her mother Roberta stepped off their bus into Kensington High Street. To Anna, the broad street flickered with colour as shoppers flowed past her, clutching their bags. Beyond the crowds, she could...
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"Melancholic, mysterious and heartbreakingly gorgeous."
The Times (UK)

"Rosie Alison's debut novel grips from start to finish. . . . Alison writes with a real understanding of the period and true compassion for her characters and the plot develops in unexpected and often shocking ways. Without question one of the best debuts I've read in recent years."
— John Boyne, author of The House of Special Purpose and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

'Enjoyable . . . moving . . . A sincere attempt to depict the reverberations of war - chronicling fractured relationships and the inability to love in the right way. . . . Anna is a likeable and memorable heroine.'
— The Guardian (UK)

'Elegantly constructed, with a plangent dying fall of a twist in the final scene.'
— The Telegraph (UK)