The Esplanade

A man’s body is washed up on the beach of a seaside resort. There is no clue to his identity, just a room key for the Esplanade Hotel in his pocket. But Alex, who finds the body, knows who he is, and his connection with the women who would know him too: Megan, and Lynn.

The novel explores loss of voice and identity and the dislocation of self that occurs when we distance ourselves from the past. More

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About Roberta Dewa

I was a novelist before I was ever an academic, and I remain a writer by temperament and aspiration. In the 1980s, I published three historical novels with Robert Hale, but after my mother’s early death in 1983, I didn’t write for a long time, and when I began again my writing had become more serious and complex. In 1990 I returned to the formal education I had never completed and entered the University of Nottingham as a mature student, taking my BA, MA, and PhD in English Literature. I stayed on at university as a teacher, lecturing in language studies and running my own course in Creative Writing. While I was studying for my degrees, my own writing had to take second place, but it never went away. I continued to develop my understanding of the craft of writing, publishing poetry, reviews and short fiction in the small presses, both print and online; but I returned to the challenge of full-length works in 2005, when I embarked on the Creative Writing MA at Nottingham Trent University. My novel The Esplanade is a novel about loss of voice and identity. The Memory of Bridges is a memoir: the reclamation of a troubled past, and a return to the village of my childhood.

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