My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain. 1st Edition. Hardback + Dustjacket. Michael Joseph (Penguin) 2001.
Description: An extraordinary fiction debut, compelling, colourful and romantic. Kathleen is a 49-year-old travel writer, an Irishwoman based in London who has not been back to Ireland since she was twenty. Her home is her office, her family and friends a few close colleagues. She has not experienced passion since she was young. When, over the course of a few weeks, the props of her life fall away one after another, it is to passion that she turns - not in her own life, but in the fragmentary account of a scandalous affair in 19th century rural Ireland, between the wife of a big Anglo-Irish landlord, and her servant. And so Kathleen is drawn back to Ireland, to research the story of the lovers.
Thus begins a journey which leads her not only into the historical past , but into a reconsideration of the family she fled years ago. Then she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice which could alter her life. As she moves towards her decision she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, the story of the long-ago lovers is brought to a denouement as tender as it is tragic.
Condition: Hardback. Boards are red with gold lettering. Boards and pages in excellent condition. No marks. Dustjacket good, has a small tear on the back