Shadowing The Sun

Lily Dunn

Published: 2 February 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781846271182


Twenty-nine-year-old Sylvie is about to meet her father again after thirteen years apart and ask him to give her away at her wedding. Although she has a promising career as a photographer and a steady, secure relationship with her fiance Jack, Sylvie feels restless and unsettled and, as she prepares for the reunion with her father, her thoughts turn increasingly to their final, fateful summer together when she was twelve, and her visit to his commune just outside Florence. The events of that holiday cast their long shadow over her teenage years, and now threaten her happiness as an adult. In deft and compelling prose, Lily Dunn tells the parallel stories of Sylvie's present and past: the anxious week in London waiting for her father, and the summer in Italy that started so promisingly, but ended with such betrayal and loss of innocence.

About the author

Image of Lily Dunn

Lily Dunn is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA course at Sheffield Hallam University. She has worked as a freelance journalist for Time Out and lives in London. This is her first novel. More about the author


‘A funny, harrowing and ultimately heartbreaking glimpse into the tribes of a lost continent: the children of the Seventies "Me" generation, with their inheritance of wild freedom and poisonous neglect. I both laughed and cried’ Tim Guest



‘A heart-rending account of a young girl's loss of innocence ... told in beautiful, limpid prose, steeped in the prickly heat of a Tuscan summer and full of sharp observations ... this story should resonate with anyone who remembers the horrific hypersensitivity of adolescence and the dull ache of long-carried regrets’

‘Fans of Esther Freud will find uncanny parallels of content here ... Book clubs on the hunt for a summertime "compare and contrast" would have much to discuss reading the two together’

‘Lily Dunn explores the treacherous boundaries between childhood and womanhood, with an edgy and authentic voice’ Jane Rogers

‘The sins of the father are mercilessly exposed in Lily Dunn's impressive, fluently written and confident first novel’ Elizabeth Buchan

Mind Unit - websites, content management and email marketing for the arts