Aliki Findley is half-English, quarter-Irish and a quarter Greek. She is on a white ship sailing through the Aegean Sea and beyond, on a journey to what she believes is her ancient past: the Minoan civilisation of Crete, 3000 BC.
On the voyage, she allows the great ship to lead her from her twenty-first century persona into a visionary confrontation of the ancient and modern worlds. From the present into the past and back to the catalytic realisation that what is actually here, now, is more beautiful and exciting than anything her thoughts and fantasies had ever conjured up.
Finally, it is the eccentric captain and the lively atmosphere created by her fellow passengers that manage to rescue Aliki from her make-believe refuge and bring about her awakening.
In Double Vision, Pauline Neville skilfully transports us into her heroine’s colourful and enchanting fantasy world and introduces us to an ancient and proud civilisation.
About the Author
Pauline Neville was born and brought up in Scotland. She has written numerous novels, including Double Vision (Saqi Books) and Voyage of a Life and Peggy, which was shortlisted for the 1999 J. R. Ackerley Prize for autobiography. She has been a Fellow of International PEN since 1985.
‘Compulsive, vivid, strongly atmospheric, at times dream-like: I greatly enjoyed it.’
‘The light and the colour, the mystery and the antiquity of the Aegean is skilfully evoked.’