Andrew O’Hagan’s novel is a rich story of war, homecoming and families, a confirmation of the idea that there is no such thing as an ordinary life.
Anne Quirk’s life is built on stories - the lies she was told by the man she loved and the fictions she told herself to survive. In her youth she was an artistic pioneer, a creator of ground-breaking documentary photographs. Her beloved grandson Luke, a British army captain, has inherited her habit of transforming reality. He and Anne set out to confront a mystery from her past among the Blackpool Illuminations - the dazzling lights that brighten the seaside town as the season turns to winter.