Derek Beaven portrays a wartime England in which human relationships are threatened as much from within the family as from occupied Europe.

Clarice Pike and Vic Warren are from completely different backgrounds. An impossible affair has already driven them thousands of miles apart. The year 1939 finds Clarice in Malaya, where her father is an obscure company doctor, and Vic in East London, an unemployed and unhappily married shipwright. But as their feelings conspire to draw the lovers back together, the world erupts with a terrible violence.

The Booker Prize 2001
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4th Estate
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Derek Beaven

Derek Beaven

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Derek Beaven, a lauded but not prolific novelist, was longlisted for If the Invader Comes, the story of a pair of lovers separated by thousands of miles and a global war.
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