This is the earliest of the tragic love story theme which can be seen in several of my novels eg Occasion of Sin (1982) and One Summer (2006) The title, Lilacs out of the Dead Land, is taken from The Waste Land by T.S.Eliot. The love story is between April, a young woman and an older married man, Lawrence. Most of the story is set in Sicily which I knew quite well at the time. It also combines a strong thriller element. As their affair becomes more and more painful, April leaves Lawrence to spend three angry and terrifying days wandering in the sultry Sicilian countryside. The climax is filled with violence but also leads to a less terrible resolution.
Used availability for Rachel Billington's Lilacs Out of the Dead Land
November 1985 : UK Hardback
March 1972 : USA Hardback
May 1971 : UK Hardback
October 1982 : UK Paperback