1970. Meet the diffident young mathematician Andrew Carter, who has just left the security and prestige of Cambridge to begin a junior lectureship at a university situated in northern England. He runs into Toby, an old school friend, who invites him to his family’s country residence for his half-sister’s 15th birthday. He’s not just there as a guest, but also as a buffer between Toby and his domineering mother. Over the weekend, Andrew conspires with Toby and Antonia to rescue their older half-sister from their dominating mother’s influence. Accompany Andrew as he grows closer to Antonia… and find out what this weekend has in stored for all of them.
30 years later. Meet Andrew again—who is back to being single again. He receives a call from Sir Oliver Laine, Member of Parliament and speculative dealer. He arranges for Andrew to commute between an Oxford College and Vietnam as a statistical adviser in medical trials and, incidentally, to help him launch a dubiously effective antidepressant. But it seems that Andrew’s trip to Hanoi is going to be a journey he wouldn’t forget. Follow him as he meets a homeless orphan – a chance meeting that changes everything for Andrew – in this intriguingly woven story full of life, love and emotions.
David Clapham was raised in Sheffield, England, studied botany at Oxford, and worked for five years at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station in Aberystwyth. He later moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he got married and raised two children. David’s work has taken him to Vietnam, where he participated in a forestry research project.