Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Spring, 1917 and war haunts the Cornish coastal village of Zennor- ships are being sunk by U-boats, strangers are treated with suspicion, and newspapers are full of spy-fever.
Into this turmoil come DH Lawrence and his German wife Frieda, hoping to escape the war-fever that grips London. They befriend Clare Coyne, a young artist, struggling to console her beloved cousin John William who is on leave from the trenches and suffering from shell shock.
Yet the dark tide of gossip and innuendo means that Zennor is neither a place of recovery nor of escape . . .