Josa Young was born on a chicken farm in Kent, the fourth of five children. She ran wild in the countryside until she was seven when she was sent to boarding school. There she found she could read after all - a lifelong joy and solace, and the springboard for her desire to write her own fiction.
She studied English Literature at Cambridge University where she went to a lot of parties. In her last year she was a finalist in the Vogue Talent Contest and went to work for Vogue magazine for the first five years of her career. She has been a features writer and commissioning editor for Vogue, Country Living, Elle Decoration and The Times among other publications.
An early internet adopter, she works today as a digital copywriter and creative content strategist for brands. Her first novel, One Apple Tasted, was published in 2009 by Elliot & Thompson. Sail Upon the Land is her second novel.
JOSA YOUNG writes with warmth and wisdom about the complexities of motherhood in this captivating tale of four generations of women that sweeps eighty years of English history. Her eye for period detail is masterly and her characters so vivid they dance from the page and into our hearts.'
What happens when two fractured families collide in the dynamic social landscape of the last eighty years?
An accidental inheritance changes everything for an insecure young man.
The mysterious death of a new mother damages the precious continuity of family love.
And a gap-year student's misguided romance ends in life-changing disaster. Or does it?
Is the courage she displays during WWII enough to carry her through a long life of love and loss?
Living in her own fairytale, will she find the strength she needs to survive reality?
Rejecting her background following an appalling ordeal, can this driven young woman ever find her way home?
Who is she really, and will she deliver the one precious gift that will heal all their wounds?
'Although the cast of characters is large, and the author has written the book in such a way that the reader identifies with all of them, Damson Hayes is the star of the show. It is with Damson that the book starts – as she suffers a hideous ordeal – and it is with her that we finish, and it is Damson’s journey more than that of any other character that holds the novel together. I really don’t want to give too much away, but her story is full of drama, pain, suffering, steadfastness and ultimately redemption.' HELEN WALTERS
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