I am the author of two collections of short stories Perfect Lives and Lying in Bed and two novels Out of the Picture and The Kindness. I have also written the introduction to Daphne du Maurier's The Doll and other stories.
I was born in London in 1962 but by the age of eight it was clear I'd be a happier child if we lived in the countryside. Luckily my parents shared this view and we moved to the middle of nowhere. Since then I have worked in publishing and as a journalist and I have written lyrics (for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, The Endless River and David Gilmour's On An Island). Apart from obvious things like meeting my husband and the births of my children the highlights of my life so far have been winning a Blue Peter badge, playing the piano on the Jools Holland TV show and hearing my stories being read on the BBC. I am currently working on lyrics for a new David Gilmour solo project.
'He followed her eyes skyward to a bird that was falling, turning and turning, like a heart that had leapt free. It fell, and as it did it became a falcon. He was transfixed.' Julian's fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia. Julia is married and eight years his senior; he is a gifted English student, a life of academia ahead. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life in London offers immense happiness, especially after their longed-for daughter Mira is born. When Julian hears that Firdaws, his boyhood home, is for sale he sets out to recreate a lost paradise for his new family. Once again, love blinds him. It is only when Mira becomes terrifyingly ill that it is impossible for Julia to conceal from him the explosive secret that she has been keeping at the heart of their lives. Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Polly Samson's second novel explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told.