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Head of Zeus
The House on Rockaway Beach by Emma Burstall

A gripping tale of family secrets, sibling rivalry and summer romance.

Sophie spent many happy summers at Rockaway Beach, visiting her beloved grandmother. Endless days playing in the sand with her sister Celia, watching day trippers come and go, never straying far from the quaint old house on the edge of the sea.

Then, one summer, the visits stopped. Sophie knows her mother and grandmother fell out, but she never found out why. So, many years later, it comes as a huge shock when she learns that her grandmother left the house to her and Celia in her will.

Together, the sisters return to Rockaway, but they cannot agree on anything. Sophie wants to keep the house, Celia is determined to sell. It seems they will never see eye to eye, until Sophie makes a chance discovery which will make her question everything...

Why do she and Celia have such different memories of their grandmother? What caused the rift with their mother? And who is the mysterious old woman watching them from afar?

What readers are saying about Emma Burstall:
'A charming, warm-hearted read... Pure escapism' Alice Peterson
'Burstall is a great writer, and this is not your usual run-of-the-mill chick lit... I was gripped from the start' Daily Mail
'Burstall has a true knack for transporting you to her world' Jane Corry

Head of Zeus, an Aria book * Fiction
01 Sep 2022 * 400pp * £7.99 * 9781786698896

'Burstall is a great writer... I was gripped from the start' Daily Mail.

'Burstall has a skill for storytelling that keeps the reader hanging on every word' The Bookbag.

'I couldn't put it down. A terrific read' Lorraine Kelly.

'Burstall has a true knack for transporting you to her world' Jane Corry.

'An incredibly moving story of love, loss and friendship'
Emma Burstall
Emma Burstall
Emma Burstall was a newspaper journalist in Devon and Cornwall before becoming a full time author. Tremarnock, the first novel in her series set in a delightful Cornish village, was published in 2015 and became a top-10 bestseller. Find her online at, or on Twitter @EmmaBurstall
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The Darling Girls
Starting Over in Cornwall
Christmas at the Cornish Guest House
A Summer in Cornwall
A Cornish Secret
The Girl Who Came Home to Cornwall
The Thorn Birds
An Indecent Obsession
The Fundamentals of Caring
Something Quite Beautiful
The Game
A Christmas Wish
No Greater Love - Box Set
The Ten Pound Ticket
Little Sisters
The Cloning of Joanna May
The Rules of Life
Darcy's Utopia
Life Force
The Shrapnel Academy
Worst Fears
Leader Of The Band
Moon Over Minneapolis
Wicked Women
Fay Weldon Omnibus
The Ted Dreams
Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats
The Royal We
Little Miracle
The Perfect Marriage
Imogen's Baby
Miss Potterton's Birthday Tea
Secrets We Keep
The Other Wives Club
Just the Two of Us
A Life Without You
The Prophet
In White Ink
The Christmas Café
Bosnian Chronicle
Second Chance Café
The Conductor