England’s Lane

By Emma Woolf

England’s Lane explores the cost of marital infidelity and the challenges of single motherhood, the legacy of suicide and the healing power of love.


It was never Lily’s intention to get involved with a married man. From the outside, it looked straightforward enough: an attractive young woman falls for her wealthy, powerful boss. Harry is a kind but troubled man, and their relationship is far from straightforward.

When Harry kills himself, he leaves behind a wife and two young children. And Lily.

Shocked and grieving, she faces a wall of silence surrounding Harry’s suicide. And then she discovers that Harry has left behind more than he intended.

Left alone to bring his baby into the world, Lily has no choice but to rebuild her life. When she becomes a mother, she begins to wonder about her own father. What happened all those years ago during Lily’s childhood: why did he walk out on his family? When she and her siblings are reunited with their absent father, the consequences go far beyond what any of them could have imagined.

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Published | July 2, 2018

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About the author

Emma Woolf is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Born in London, she studied English at Oxford University. She worked in publishing for ten years before going freelance. She writes for The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan, among others.  Media appearances include Newsnight, Woman’s Hour, The World at One, PM Programme and Radio 5 Live. Emma is a regular arts critic on Radio 4’s Saturday Review and BBC London’s Review the Papers, and co-presenter on Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny. Her non-fiction includes The Ministry of Thin (2013), Letting Go (2015), Positively Primal (2016). Her first novel, Ways of Escape, was published in 2014.

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