A New England Affair

A New England Affair 1

by Steven Carroll

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 21/08/2017

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**Shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction**

The latest, immensely moving novel of lost love and missed moments from Steven Carroll, one of Australia's greatest writers, multi-award winner of the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Prime Minister's Literary Award

Why do some nights feel as though they were always waiting to happen? Or have already happened and will again? And why don't we know it then? Why is it only afterwards we say, yes, that was when my life turned?

1965. The great poet, TS Eliot, is dead. Hearing the news, the seventy-two year old Emily Hale points her Ford Roadster towards the port of Gloucester, where a fishing boat will take her out to sea, near the low, treacherous rocks called the Dry Salvages, just off Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

Over the course of that day, clutching a satchel of letters, Emily Hale slips between past and present, reliving her life with Eliot - starting with that night in 1913, the moment when her life turned, when the young Tom Eliot and Emily Hale fell deeply in love with each other. But Tom moved to London to fulfil his destiny as the famous poet `TS Eliot', and Emily went on to become his muse - the silent figure behind some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century - his friend and his confidante. But never did she become his lover or his wife.

From Steven Carroll, one of our most brilliant, award-winning authors, A New England Affair is the third novel in his acclaimed Eliot Quartet, a companion novel to The Lost Life and A World of Other People. It is a deeply moving, intense and poignant novel of a love that never finds the right moment, and so becomes the ghost of what could have been, of what never quite was, and never quite will be.

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Steven Carroll

Steven Carroll's is the author of a dozen novels including A World of Other People (2013)  joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award and The Spirit of Progress (2011).

He won the Miles Franklin Award for The Time We Have Taken in 2008.

Steven lives in Melbourne with his partner, the author Fiona Capp, and their son.

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  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld

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    From Zelda and F. Scott to Virginia and Leonard, it seems as if we just can’t get enough of reading about the tumultuous love lives of famous literary couples. Australian author Steven Carroll is the latest to add to the canon with A New England Affair, the third instalment in Carroll’s acclaimed Eliot quartet. This book looks intimately at the brief relationship between acclaimed poet T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale, his confidante, muse and greatest love, which ended when he moved to the United States, and left only a keenly felt remembrance of a passionate love.

    Steven Carroll’s rendering of the love of T.S. Eliot and his secret muse is both tender and wistful, and the loss of their life together is felt deeply by both the characters and readers alike. Where some literary efforts to portray literary relationships veer into the purely sensationalised or scandalous, Steven Carroll only focuses on the pure emotion at the heart of their relationship, gifting the reader with a beautiful read.