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More Lives Than One

by Libby Purves

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What a powerful book! Kit and Anna both teach at a rather poor Comprehensive school, and are married to each other. Only one small thing mars their happiness, and even that becomes solved. Then Kit takes a group of Year 7 students to Venice, accompanied at the last moment by his least favourite colleague. It goes well, but afterwards something unexpected happens whichleads to depresson and - eventually - a shocking confession. Yet so well have the characters been introduced that I found my prior judgements upended. Amazing, and extremely thought-provoking. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Kit Milcourt has been a climber, diver in exotic waters, and affluent young city banker. Now, because of his beloved Anna, he is a teacher. Glumly mediocre Sandmarsh High School is hard put to contain his maverick ideas, and only the soothing presence of Anna keeps the peace. But Anna can’t guard her erratic husband on the school trip—instead a far darker staff member follows him and discovers what Kit has secretly planned for the children amid the dim alleys of winter Venice. Between farce and tragedy the resulting events swiftly change Kit’s and Anna’s live in unthinkable ways, strain a great love to the limit, and open a dark chasm into the past.

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Anna and Kit are both schoolteachers, longing for a baby of their own but there is no sign so far. But a disastrous school trip to Venice triggers a sequence of events that are to have serious consequences on all aspects of their lives.

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