Give Them All My Love

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Gillian Tindall’s Give Them All My Love, the story of a killing in which she examines complex themes concerning love, revenge, justice and the nature of grief, is a tour de force, the most compelling novel she has ever written.

The story opens with the narrator, Tom, in a prison cell: some traumatic, violent event has taken place. We realise its perpetrator must be Tom himself, though he speaks of ‘love’. The action shifts to a Court of Law, but we have gone back some years and Tom is there not as prisoner but as judge: Justice of the Peace, one-time headmaster, author, he is a respected figure. But he is also a man weighted with a double tragedy – the untimely death of his first wife, and the more terrible death of his daughter in an apparently senseless accident.

A random event during that day in Court carries Tom back in memory to a far more distant period: his youth in France where he was writing a thesis on the Resistance, his meeting with a compelling figure from that world, living in retirement in the Creuse, and with the girl who becomes his wife. Other memories both good and bad now rise to the surface, together with a long-buried enmity and anger which belatedly stirs Tom into an obsessional private enquiry into the circumstances of his daughter’s death.

Across the false trails and competing claims of Tom’s life, past and present, haunting patterns begin to emerge, till the reader, like the narrator, forsees what will come but not how.

About Gillian Tindall

Gillian Tindall began her career as a prize-winning novelist. She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place. " " " " Her The Fields Beneath: The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print; nor has Celestine: Voices from a French Village, published in the mid 1990s and translated into several languages, for which she was decorated by the French government. " " " " Well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research, Gillian is a master of miniaturist history. She lives with her husband in London.

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Journey of a Lifetime
Journey of a Lifetime
Dances of Death
Dances of Death
The Intruder
The Intruder
Spirit Weddings
Spirit Weddings
To the City
To the City
Looking Forward
Looking Forward