The Lost Traveller
By Antonia White
Antonia White's sustained portrayal of Clara's budding into womanhood is a masterpiece' The Boston Globe
When Clara returns home from the convent of her childhood to begin life at a local girls' school, she is at a loss: although she has comparative freedom, she misses the discipline the nuns imposed and worries about keeping her faith in a secular world. Against the background of the First World War, Clara experiences the confusions of adolescence - its promise, its threat of change. She longs for love, yet fears it, and wonders what the future will hold. Then tragedy strikes and her childhood haltingly comes to an end as she realises that neither parents nor her faith can help her.
The Lost Traveller is the first in the trilogy sequel to Frost in May, which continues with The Sugar House and Beyond the Glass. Although each is a complete novel in itself, together they form a brilliant portrait of a young girl's journey to adulthood.
Antonia White was born in 1899 and educated at in London at St. Paul's and RADA. She worked as a journalist and in the Foreign Office, had four novels published and translated over thirty novels from French. She died in Sussex in 1980.
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03 Aug 2006
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An admirable piece of work . . . it would not be going too far to say that the book carries on the tradition of Charlotte Bronte in its unfolding of a young girl's experiences in coming to grips with the world — TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Antonia White's sustained portrayal of Clara's budding into womanhood is a masterpiece — BOSTON Globe