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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...

Reviews

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

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

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784705886

    May 21, 2019

    Vintage

    288 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9781911215639

    July 15, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    288 pages

    RRP $48.00

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Extract

1

Gun Snap

The crackle of gunshots bounced between the mountainsides, the percussion fading with each return of echo. Daniel Pitt and Hugh Bassett sat side by side on a small level patch, playing gun snap. They had on the table before them two decks of cards, a box of ammunition and two Mark VI service revolvers. Fifteen yards away was a gibbet with two rows of six tin cans suspended from it on pieces of string.

The idea was to be the first person to put a bullet through every can. Sometimes, for a change, they went down to the valley, threw bottles out into a lake, and sank them with rifles. These were fine ways for two old fighter pilots to pass the last hour of the day as the mist rose up and supper was cooked in the bungalows.

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