‘Deep down she had always known that the world was like this. It was incredible to think of all those people in their offices in London still living their grey lives, while here in the Philippines… this. Life bursting out everywhere.’
Fresh from the UK, Emma thinks she has fallen in love with a place, a person, and pursues the man of her dreams with a colonial zeal. But for all her poetic sensibilities, she seems unaware of the destruction she is capable of leaving in her wake.
A beautifully written first novel, Foreign Bodies explores the spaces between people, and the nature of encounters in romantic idylls on the other side of the world.
Review from THE WESTERN MAIL
<p>“Neubert is sympathetic and non-judgmental throughout, with an understanding of her characters and their humanity that shines through. This is a novel that draws you in and keeps you there.”</p>
Review from New Welsh Review
Neubert's novel is all about the clash of two totally different cultures and the damage which is done when one interferes with the other. Arriving in the Philippines aspiring writer Emma Clarke is bowled over by the vibrancy she encounters. The Far East with its riot of colour, alien culture and 'Life bursting out everywhere' strikes her as more authentic than the grey London existence she has left behind... Foreign Bodies is a well written tale of a young woman's personal epiphany and the cultural incompatibility which destroys it. Passion cannot be sustained over distance and an ill-fated love affair comes to represent all that is irreconcilable between two different worlds. Anna Scott, New Welsh Review, Autumn 2010
Review from The Big Issue
Thoughtful and understated, Neubert's first novel tackles the chasm between the first and third worlds well, examining the post-colonial landscape sensitively and with a deft hand.