The Other Daughter

Caroline Bishop

You only get one life – but what if it isn’t the one you were meant to live?


British teacher Jessica, 39, thought she had life sorted – until the sudden death of her mother and a subsequent revelation turned everything on its head. Caught in a tailspin of grief and confusion, she has lost her job, her husband, and her hope of having children along with her sense of self. Desperate to get her life back on track, she takes a temporary post as a nanny in Switzerland, the place where she knows she might find the one person who will be able to tell her who she really is. But can she summon the courage to face the truth, or will her quest only hurt herself and her family even more?


Forty years earlier, in 1976, ambitious but frustrated young journalist Sylvia finally gets her big break when her editor agrees to send her to Switzerland to write a feature about women’s rights in a country that only granted them the vote five years previously. But this fledgling career success is threatened when she discovers, to her horror, that she is pregnant. Battling against a sexist Fleet Street newsroom and the suffocating attitudes of 1970s society, she strives to keep her career ambitions on track. When she hears the heartbreaking story of 16-year-old Swiss foster child Anna, she thinks she might have found the scoop to secure her career. But she isn’t to know that her encounter with Anna will change her life – and that of her unborn child – forever.



Women's Fiction

UK Publication

Simon & Schuster, July 2020

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