Gripping, poignant, witty and brilliantly observed, Under the Sun by Lottie Moggach is an unforgettable novel about heartbreak, identity, migration and finding a place to call home.
Anna gave up everything she had in London – her flat, her job, her friends – to run away to Spain and live the dream with the handsome, complicated artist she had fallen in love with. They were building a life together, renovating a beautiful finca in the mountains – but then Michael left, with little more than a note to say goodbye, and Anna’s future crashed around her ears.
Now she runs a bar in the sleepy beach town of Marea, surrounded by British expats who moved out to find their own place in the sun and are secretly as homesick and stuck as Anna now feels. When a local man, Simon, offers to rent her house, Anna hopes it will pave the way for her escape. But Simon is not who he says he is, and it soon transpires that his tenants are a group of African migrants that Anna fears he may be exploiting. When a dead body washes up on the beach in mysterious circumstances, Anna realizes she alone has the power to unravel the truth . . .