The Restless Sea by Vanessa de Haan

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Vanessa de Haan is a freelance journalist and editor. She is the author of The Restless Sea (April 2018), her first book. Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Vanessa de Haan has worked in-house for various media companies, including Channel 5 and the Daily Telegraph, and spent most of her career at The Spectator magazine.

In 2005 Vanessa moved temporarily from London to Devon to concentrate on her own writing. She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and was a columnist on the Western Morning News for almost three years (writing under the name Zoë Kenyon – a mixture of her middle name and maiden name). She always intended to go back, but once Devon had got under her skin, she couldn’t leave.

When not writing, Vanessa is a proofreader and copy editor.

She still lives in Devon, now with a husband, three children and various animals.

The Restless Sea is her debut novel (April 2018). Let’s take a closer look together at the book story.


‘The sure-footedness of a pro, an amazing debut’ Jeffrey Archer

Absorbing and richly observed, THE RESTLESS SEA is a masterful story of the turbulent years of the Second World War.

Three lives collide in a way that only the war makes possible…

Jack, a child of the Blitz, has fled the law to become a seaman in the Merchant Navy. The frozen world of the Russian Arctic convoys may be harsh, but it opens his eyes to a new life.

While on leave in the Navy’s secret Scottish harbour, Jack meets Olivia, the cossetted daughter of an officer family. Free to roam, Olivia relishes the new freedom granted by war. But her family – and especially the well-connected Charlie, now a fast-rising pilot – don’t welcome these changes. Least of all the arrival of Jack, the boy who casts doubt on each of their futures.

The war inflicts danger and social upheaval like never before. But the most unlikely friendships are forged in times when people live like they don’t want tomorrow to come…

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