London: Little, Brown, 2005, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Ray Greenland is an exemplary family man; a Thames River pilot, he guides others to safety, while his wife Lily, who runs a dating agency, navigates couples into happy futures. What none of those around him know, including Lily and their children, is that Rays life is not his own; he is mortgaged to a past that might, at any time, come to claim him back.
An act committed when he was twelve has meant that Ray must live under a false identity for the rest of his life. He tries to atone by loving his family, while protecting them against the pernicious truth; telling stories from other peoples happier lives and claiming them as his own. The only safe place for him is on the lower reaches of the Thames. But its on land where Rays past resurfaces and a lifetime of caution may not be enough to save him.
Ten Seconds from the Sun has the pace and hallmark of a classic tragedy, reaching back into the mythology of childhood and revealing it as an avenging nemesis. Russell Celyn Jones has made visible a psychological landscape with such illuminating brilliance, it will stay with you forever.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 307 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.