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Not quite romantic fiction, or literary fiction, or commercial fiction – but still quite good

A review of From a Distance, by Raffaella Barker. Falling in love and flying the nest in Cornwall and Norfolk

14 June 2014

8:00 AM

14 June 2014

8:00 AM

From a Distance Raffaella Barker

Bloomsbury, pp.336, £16.99, ISBN: 9781408833735

Elements of Raffaella Barker’s new novel, her eighth for adults, suggest commercial fiction: a narrative that oscillates between the aftermath of the second world war and the present day, and two failsafe locations, Cornwall and the Norfolk coast. But From a Distance is not commercial fiction. Barker’s narrative is sparingly studded with quotations, but this is not literary fiction either.

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