A novel about time and ageing, love and opera, set in a Venice that's constantly changing and forever stays the same.
Paul Geddes, a Scot living in London, arrives in Venice to seek out a cache of papers that will give new lustre to a forgotten fin-de-siècle singer in whom he has an ardent interest. In rescuing Esme Maguire from obscurity he hopes also to shed light on the wider events of her life and times. His researches have put him in touch with Eva Forrest, a wealthy widow in possession of a tantalising archive that is yet to be explored. A troubled love affair fraught with mistrust develops between the two.
Eva resists Paul’s probings about her personal story and the history of the Venetian house where he is staying. When her past begins to come to light through an encounter in the Dolomites, the effects are devastating.
- A novel with a strong sense of place, The Hourglass will transport you right to the heart of Venice.
- Powerful musings on what it would mean to be immortal and a valuing of mortality.
- Moving insights into how the signs of ageing can contradict who we feel we are.