Rosie Thomas' Writing Place
I write in a secluded room in one corner of my otherwise open-plan apartment. I like a bare space with not too many distractions, but directly below the window is the Regent’s Canal that passes right through the heart of London. Even when I’m not staring out I can hear the chugging of narrow boats and voices of walkers and joggers on the towpath.
I suppose I could let down the blinds and wear earplugs, but somehow I never have! I love my family photographs, but there’s not too much else in the way of non-essentials except for my Action Man mountaineering figure. He was a gift from an old friend, and is my ideal male companion. Strong and silent, he comes equipped with his own crampons and ice tools. I look up from the keyboard occasionally and give him a wink.
Rosie Thomas, a "master storyteller" (Cosmopolitan) has been delighting readers with her globe-spanning romantic sagas for more than three decades. Here, in Iris and Ruby, she has written her most touching story yet, set in the haunting and seductive vistas of Egypt.
The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to 82-year-old Iris Black's old house in Cairo. Ruby, driven by her fraught relationship with her own mother to run away from England, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn't seen for years.
An unlikely bond develops between them, as Ruby helps Iris to record her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War II, and of her one true love--the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux--whom she lost to the ravages of conflict.
This long-ago love has shaped Iris's life, and, as becomes increasingly apparent, those of her daughter and her granddaughter. And it is to affect them all, again, in ways they could not have imagined.
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Rosie Thomas is the author of numerous critically acclaimed, bestselling novels. She has won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award twice, for her novels Iris & Ruby and Sunrise. Born in a small village in northern Wales, Thomas discovered a love of traveling and mountaineering when her children were grown. In the years since, she has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, trekked in the footsteps of Shackleton on South Georgia Island, and spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica. To research The Kashmir Shawl, she traveled to Ladakh and Kashmir.