Sunday Morning

Published by Bantam Press and  Plumray Books
Now available as an ebook from Amazon

‘He almost missed seeing it, the house, white and shuttered, caught in a sudden filter of sunlight up there above the line of mist; a forlorn place now, under siege from the encroachments of the forest. War did that to places. It must have been a corner of paradise once…’

In 1978 a young Australian news photographer narrowly escapes death when the Rhodesian army patrol he is with is attacked by guerrillas. Hiding in the forest, he discovers a remote, abandoned mansion. Inside the house he finds photographs and the forgotten belongings of a beautiful girl. The following day, he is befriended by an albino African boy and shown the girl’s grave. She was, he learns, Nicola Reynolds, a vivacious and wealthy young woman who had died mysteriously eleven years earlier.

Meanwhile in London a newspaper, Sunday Morning, is being launched by American James Hudson and his best friend Richard Blake, who is also the paper’s editor. Back in the Sixties both men once loved Nicola, as did Richard’s wife, Emily, when they were all ambitious young people starting their careers. But what kind of woman was Nicola Reynolds? And how did she die?

Sunday Morning is a complex and moving story of shifting relationships, betrayal and murder, set against unfolding world events

‘Action packed and original…a terrific read.’ Daily Mail

‘A model of its kind…one of the factors that makes Sunday Morning remarkable is Ray Connolly’s ability not just to endow his secondary characters with distinct and unmistakeable personalities, but also the understated genius with which he modulates and develops the voices of his pivotal quarter.’ Sunday Times

‘Murder, ambition, love and jealousy: its all here and the writing’s good as well…I found it completely absorbing.’  Good Housekeeping.

‘A quality read—well researched, stylishly written.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Connolly scatters this story with expert observations of media-set behaviour, yet the book has a deeper heart linking issues of politics and race to a plot in a superbly creative way.’  Woman’s Journal

‘A novel that gloriously captures Sixties London…You feel you know and care about each person. A highly recommended read.’ South Africa Star