From one of the classic writers of post-war English literature comes a stunning novel of love, betrayal and redemption. Married but obstinately set in their separate ways, Hugh and Kristy Foster know nothing of Al-Bustan, a far-flung island in the Indian Ocean. Too late they discover how it seethes with unrest and intrigue. Yet now when they need each other, the sullen, muttering forest seems only to intensify their differences.
"So rich and significant- the novel gives the impression of having been felt as well as imagined -- beautifully written, buttressed by wisdom, judgement, keen observation and knowledge of life."
"This novel -- so masterly, so calm and dazzling -- is her most ambitious. It is also her best."