A desert odyssey, a traumatised horse, and a love long postponed
Profile #12: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. Profile by Sarah Jane Marshall.
Three American lives unravel on an ill-fated visit to the the Sahara following the end of the Second World War. Originally an attempt to reinvigorate a flagging marriage, the apparently aimless journey destroys whatever was left of it and annihilates the travellers' previous existence forever.
Profile #13: The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Profile by Ceri Richards.
A young girl and her horse are horrendously scarred, both physically and psychologically, by a terrible encounter with a truck. Grace's workaholic mother drags them right across America in search of the rare healing powers of a man famed for his way with horses. But it is not only the daughter and the animal who are touched by the Horse Whisperer's magic.
Profile #14: Persuasion by Jane Austen. Profile by Inkslinger.
Having unwillingly foregone her only love eight years before, Anne Elliot has few prospects of marriage until Captain Frederick Wentworth – who has far exceeded his earlier humble expectations – comes back into her life. But Ann is not the only one with her eye on the dashing naval officer, in Jane Austen's last completed novel.