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Book: ‘A Sea of Straw’ by Julia Sutton – Editor’s Note

A period piece of the nineteen sixties. A novel that tells the story of Jody, a young mother and designer from Manchester, and Zé an artist who has fallen foul of the regime in Sálazar’s Portugal. A love story set amid the then-conservative North of England, the rugged landscapes and brilliant light of modern Portugal, and the darkness of Europe’s longest-running dictatorship.

A Sea of Straw is a tale of vivid landscapes and dark shadows, of two rebel souls drawn together by chance, who must fight for their chance at happiness. A haunting debut. A beautifully written and elegiac story of love, politics and the cruelties of war. A Sea of Straw is an emotionally satisfying read, lyrical and powerful in its psychological depths.

About the Author


Julia Sutton is an artist and writer from East Anglia, who has lived and worked for much of her adult life in continental Europe. Following eleven years in Paris, painting, exhibiting, teaching English as a foreign language, she returned, in 1997, to her native Suffolk coast, where she now lives and writes full-time. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines: AMBIT; HEAT Literary Journal; STAND magazine, and online. A Sea Of Straw is her first novel.

Book Details

  • Title: A Sea of Straw
  • Author: Julia Sutton
  • Publisher: Cheyne Walk
  • Date of Publication: October 21, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 292 pp.

Source: Cheyne Walk Press

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