Books by Eleanor Berry
The Ruin of Jessie Cavendish
A highly moving story of two childhood friends who meet unexpectedly in adulthood. Marcia Ford, a prosperous career woman, drives under a bridge when her old friend, Jessie Cavendish, a professional musician, jumps to end her life. By extraordinary coincidence, the two women who had not met for many years, are united, Jessie, a former gypsy refugee from the 1956 Hungarian uprising, hears her roguish father and only relative being shot by a frontier guard. She is adopted by a staid and insensitive Presbyterian Scot, working on a refugee mission. She suffers a lonely and wretched childhood and is forced into a conservative public school, totally unsuited to her gypsy blood. The book examines her friendship with Marcia and describes their hilarious escapades with a mixture of tragedy and extraordinary humour.
"The reader has a burning urge to turn the page."
- International Continental Review