Hesketh, an artist, is isolated with her daughter Kezia on a remote island coast where they came for sanctuary ten years ago. The effort of trying to maintain her powers of creation has turned her half-mad. Their only neighbour, Crambo, is a wild ...
elemental, bereft of speech, who lives on the beach. An unknown wounded officer arrives to convalesce with Hesketh and Kezia, but far from being the expected eligible stranger, Fitz is an exiled anti-hero whose love is reserved for London, play-making, and Meredith, a poet. Their strange existence is threatened by the arrival of a machine-gun crew who not only pollute the beach, but awaken dumb Crambo to the new powers of language - and explosives. As war creeps ever closer, a violent sea-change brings all these castaways to their fate. 'The Principle of Camouflage' is a magical exploration of place, exile and home, the powers and duties of the artist, the restoration of lost things, the discovery of love, and the survival of hope in an apparently doomed world.
Number of pages: 200
Date of publication: 21/03/2011
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