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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784705886
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

So Much Life Left Over




A page-turning and bittersweet novel following Daniel and his troubled marriage with Rosie, and the very different lives of her three sisters, as they navigate the period between the First and Second World Wars.

A heartbreaking story of love, loss and survival from the multi-million copy bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.Returning from life as a fighter pilot in the First World War, Daniel is struggling to put the trauma of the Western Front behind him.

As the 1920s dawn, he and his wife Rosie move to a tea plantation in Ceylon with their small daughter to make a fresh start. Yet navigating their new world could test their marriage to its limits.

Back in England, Rosie's sisters are dealing with impossible challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and taking unconventional means may be the only way to get what they want. Around them the world changes, and events in Germany take a dark and forbidding turn. And soon there is no going back...

  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784705886
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corellis Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are So Much Life Left Over and The Dust That Falls From Dreams, the short story collection Labels and the poetry collection The Cat in the Treble Clef.

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Praise for So Much Life Left Over

A wonderful… vividly peopled novel… De Bernières is a generous storyteller

Violet Hudson, Daily Telegraph

De Bernieres is a singular, cherishable voice

Mail on Sunday

Richly enjoyable...Written with such vitality...many readers will read it straight through forgetting whatever it was they should have been doing instead of reading

Scotsman

This tragicomic romp has a winning glint in its eye, delivering oodles of Downton-esque entertainment as it portrays a changing Britain poised uneasily on the brink of modernity

Mail on Sunday

A breathless, often heart-tugging tale of love, loss, guilt and regret

Sunday Express

This book made me laugh, made me mad, made me cry

Rose Shepherd, Saga

‘[de Bernieres] balances humour and tragedy in a novel that succeeds largely because Daniel is such a compelling and sympathetic character

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

de Bernieres achieves a kaleidoscope effect in his narrative… So Much Life Left Over is an immersive pleasure

Russell Leadbetter, Herald

Richly enjoyable…it is written with such vitality….I would guess that many readers, once they have launched themselves into it, will read it straight through

Allan Massie, Scotsman

An engaging family saga

Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

A breathless, often heart-tugging tale of love, loss, guilt and regret

Allan Hunter, Mirror

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