England’s Lane has been on my mind – very much demanding to be written – since my ninth novel, Love Is Strange, was published in 2005. Before this, I had never thought of dealing with the past – even a past so relatively recent as the 1950s: my previous novels had all been very much of their time.
I was extremely young when the 1950s drew to a close, and yet the images within my head – the smells, the sights, extraordinarily acute detail, the very touch – were far more vivid, more engaging, than any other period of my life: and so, maybe strangely, they continue to be.
I knew, therefore, that I was not yet nearly done with the 1950s.
- Joseph Connolly
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Joseph Connolly is the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling writer of eleven novels, as well as eleven works of non-fiction. He lives in London.
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