POPPYLAND is a love story about two people who fall for each other through a series of coincidences. Ryder James meets Grace Hart the night her exhibition of paintings opens inCopenhagen. Both of them are loners, damaged by tragedy in their lives, both sceptical about love. But they have a connection that can't be broken, which takes them from their separate lives to Norfolk, where they both end up at the same time, bound together by a family event that neither of them knew the other was connected with. Romantic, elegiac, absorbing and quixotic, this love story for difficult people is a testament to the power of attraction. It's about the sea and land, about the past and how it shapes our futures, about how we find the right person to be with - a truly universal story.
Raffaella Barker, daughter of poet George Barker, is the author of five novels and one children's book, all of which have been widely acclaimed. She is a regular contributor to Country Life and the Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Norfolk with her three children.