Amid the strict social conventions of 1920s Singapore, four young people struggle to rise from the chaos of the Great War ...
Alex Beresford, the unwilling heir to a shipping-line had been prevented from fighting by his family and is suffocated by his overbearing and suspicious parents.
Now he burns with the fire of rebellion and seeks any challenge that will bring him the excitement and danger he missed.
None of the prim society girls in Singapore are of interest to him and as well as being bored, he is lonely and sees no way out from the duties forced upon him.
Martin Linwood, scarred by the physical and mental wounds of war, is a man who had done all the things Alex would give his soul to experience.
He faces an uncertain future terrified by his sense of isolation until Lydia, Alex's over-protected young sister, suddenly finds herself drawn to him.
And into their lives comes Dorothea du Lessier, the daughter of a risque novelist and Alex's 'kissing cousin'.
Affectionately known as Thea, she causes huge strain in the Beresford household and shocks the island's society-ladies with her forward and liberated ways.
But one member of the Beresford family is dangerously enchanted by her ...
Brimming with passion, colour and the heat of the tropics, Some Far Elusive Dawn brilliantly portrays the entwining of four lives as a new generation fights to emerge from the shadow of war.
Praise for Elizabeth Darrell
'One of the very best historical novelists' - Eastern Daily Press
'A wonderful story, compellingly told...the authenticity - both emotional and historical - really shines through' - Sarah Harrison
"A fascinating account of a little-appreciated branch of the armed forces" - Booklist
"Throughout this engaging tale, Darrell accurately and poignantly depicts the daily lives of ordinary people performing extraordinary feats" - Booklist
"Moving romance" - Yorkshire Evening Post
Elizabeth Darrell lived in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has travelled widely in the Far East, South Africa and Europe. She has written seven previous novels, amongst them Beyond All Frontiers, The Bridge of a Hundred Dragons, At the Going Down of the Sun And in the Morning and A Captive Freedom. She and her husband live in Bournemouth.
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Used availability for Elizabeth Darrell's Some Far Elusive Dawn
January 1991 : USA Hardback
April 1988 : UK Hardback
June 2016 : Paperback
January 1990 : UK Paperback
December 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition