Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?
1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worse happens and their future is snatched away.
2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, Abby Gordon stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.
‘Impressive Stuff’ – Glamour magazine
The inspiration for The Last Kiss Goodbye
The idea for the Last Kiss Goodbye came about when I visited an exhibition to celebrate the first ascent of Everest, put on by the Royal Geographical Society. Every photo on show was amazing, but I particularly loved the image of Sherpa Tensing reaching the summit– I thought it was such an potent symbol of human endeavour and courage.
My husband bought me the photograph for my birthday and we went to pick it up from the RGS. We were allowed to visit the archives, which was a treasure trove of artefacts and photographs. The pictures were so powerful – people going to the jungle, into the desert, up mountains – so many of them risking their lives in the name of discovery and adventure and it got me wondering about the people they left behind – family and lovers who could not be certain whether they would ever see their loved ones again.
I imagined one such image and the basis of the novel was formed.
When I was thinking about the era in which the book was to be based, I knew that I didn’t want to go too far back in time, but it had to be a period when territories were still unchartered and unknown. I chose the early 1960’s because of the intriguing and dangerous backdrop of the Cold War. It meant that my hero Dominic could be suave, rakish and James Bondish!
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