On Loving Josiah

On Loving Josiah

Josiah Horatio Nelson is born to unusual parents. Having met in a psychiatric hospital, they decide to bring up their child far away from the constraints of conventional society. But social services soon intervene to remove him from his idyllic home. Friendless, ostracised and bullied, Josiah is saved from despair when he meets his Latin tutor Thomas Marius with whom he soon forms an intense relationship. Marius takes him to Italy on an educational visit but returns to find he is suspected of child abuse...

'Fane's deft use of metaphor and inclusion of domestic details keep the narrative flowing smoothly.' Publishers Weekly

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07 Apr 2011
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About the author

  • Olivia Fane

    OLIVIA FANE was born in 1960. She studied Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, trained as a probation officer and worked as a psychiatric social worker. She lives with her husband and five sons in West Sussex. Her first novel, Landing on Clouds, combined intellectual ideas with clear, involving prose; it won a Betty Trask award, and drew comparisons with Iris Murdoch.

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