Separate Beds is a poignant and compelling novel from Elizabeth Buchan.
Annie and Tom's marriage is in mid-life crisis. They seem to have everything - a lovely home, rewarding jobs and three healthy grown-up children - but, beneath the surface, all is not well.
Beneath the surface lies a secret guilt which ensures that whilst they live under the same roof, they sleep in separate beds. Then, as recession strikes, Tom comes home one evening and drops a bombshell that threatens to destroy everything they have left. Will he and Annie be able to leave the past behind and weather this storm together? Or will it push them further apart?
Annie is about to discover that out of disaster springs the faint rays of hope. As her family rallies together, for the first time in years, her home is filled with people, conversation, tears - and laughter. And, little by little, Annie and Tom start to open up to one another about the terrible, painful truth they have lived with all these years. Soon a new, unexpected future starts to take shape as Annie and Tom are offered a second chance at happiness. But will they take it?
Separate Beds is a poignant and compelling novel about the little acts of kindness that can reunite a family and rekindle a marriage
Praise for Elizabeth Buchan:
'Gorgeously well-written - funny, sad, sophisticated' Independent
'Beautifully observed, with the insight and humour that one has come to expect from the author' Times
'Compelling, compassionate, and aglow with moments of laugh-or-cry humour' Mail on Sunday
'Buchan is a cut above the rest' Sunday Mirror
Elizabeth Buchan is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling and prize-winning Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, That Certain Age and The Second Wife, all of which received rave reviews. She lives in London with her husband and children.
Elizabeth Buchan's previous novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily, the New York Times bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, and her most recent book The New Mrs Clifton, which was a Waterstones Paperback of the Year in 2017. Elizabeth's short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in a range of magazines. Elizabeth reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail and is a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and co-founder of the Clapham Book Festival. She has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliott literary prizes, has been a judge for the Costa Novel Award, and she sits on the authors' committee for the Reading Agency. She lives in London.