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The Belvedere Field (Vanguard) [Paperback]

Anthony Nobbs
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31 Mar 2010 Vanguard
It seemed like a simple enough way to spend a summer - in the few weeks between school and university, David decides to spend his time fruit picking in the Norfolk countryside. But then he meets nine-year-old Abi and his life is changed forever. David's innocence meets Abi's adult understanding and the two develop a strong, but sometimes shocking bond as he helps her negotiate the horrors of her childhood. Set against a disturbing background of secrecy and child abuse, the heart-warming relationship between David and Abi is tested by rumour, threats and violence that reaches across the decades. Can their love survive the challenges which lie in their way? Or will their unconventional connection be severed by the actions of others and the demands of society?

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (31 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843865645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843865643
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,243,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anthony Nobbs was born in Norfolk in 1959 and brought up in the Norfolk Broads area. After study engineering at Leeds University he moved to London to start his career. He currently lives in Berkshire and works as a project manager for a property company.

His first novel, 'The Belvedere Field' is available for Kindle.
Writing as Stella Windsor, 'An Amber Scent', has just been published as an eBook by Autharium and is now also available from Amazon.
Anthony also writes short stories: 'Double Digging' appeared in Woman's Weekly Fiction Special, April 2014 issue.

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About the Author

Anthony Nobbs was born in Norfolk in 1959 and brought up in the Norfolk Broads area. After study engineering at Leeds University he moved to London to start his career. He currently lives in Berkshire and works as a project manager for a property company.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belvedere Field 18 Jun 2010
By L Ship
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
More daring than Nabokov, more riveting than Simona Vinci's "A game we play", more readable than Hartog's "The Photographer's Sweetheart". An engrossing tale of misdirected and promiscuous child love. One of only a few books I have ever wanted to re-read as soon as I'd finished it.
The story is about a naive 18 year old student fruit picker (David) who is sexually molested by a 9 year old girl, Abigail. They fall in love and an alarming state of intimacy grows between them. The young man spins himself a web of difficulties with his fellow fruit pickers as his indescreet liaison puts him into all sorts of embarrassing situations focused around the little girl. As the tale unwinds we discover the harrowing history of abuse that Abigail and some of her classmates are subjected to in the community, and David is her only source of hope.
If anything, the story is too neatly packaged into two halves. In the second part of the story we find David and Abigail as adults rediscovering each other, and a more sensible David re-confronts earlier temptations in the form of his own 9 year old step daughter.
It is a clever piece of writing. We are made to empathise with David because of his naievity and the author has effectively captured the thoughts and simplicity of a young lad stepping gingerly in an adult world. As David becomes a 40 year old adult, the author embues him with a more sophisticated morality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a totally captivating read 28 Jun 2010
By kha1184
Format:Paperback
I honestly could not put this book down. From start to finish it kept me totally enthralled and lost in David and Abi's world. Like the other review comments, there is such a sympathetic feeling you get with the main characters. Reaching the end of the book was bittersweet, sad it had ended but loved knowing the outcome.

A fantastic start for a new author and I look forward to reading alot more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant treatment of difficult subject 28 Mar 2014
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This is certainly a courageous tackling of a very difficult subject, and very thought-provoking it is too. Is naive David’s technically and legally inappropriate behaviour, because it’s driven by love, as morally reprehensible as Abi’s brutal abusers? This is the question the reader is asked to confront. But whilst their behaviour is shocking by conventional standards, both David and Abi are painted in very sympathetic terms. Certainly, that was my reaction.

I really liked the way the author contrasted and compared their thirty-years-later resumed relationship, when they both have the wisdom of years, with their first one, when he is callow and naive and she emotionally damaged and staggeringly precocious. And the way in which the demons of a small, remote community in rural Norfolk are resurrected with evocative and chilling effect, because they’ve never really gone away. I found myself thinking, ‘Oh no; not again!’ and anxious to continue reading to find out if it’s so.

Mr Nobbs writes in short, crisp sentences without adornment, cutting straight to the chase/getting straight to the point (select according to age). This style propels the narrative along briskly, carrying you with it.

But proof of pudding is in eating of course, and I really wanted to know what happened in the end. That’s the measure of good storytelling after all, and in that this creepy yet intrinsically heart-warming tale certainly succeeds.

Bravo Mr Nobbs. I look forward to your next offering!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, but a good read 18 Nov 2013
By Gurrr
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This book touches on some very challenging issues around paedophilia. It is written in short chapters and moves at a good pace. It's written in a style that's easy to read and engaging.
The challenge in this book is to read it and not feel some sympathy for the main character. It was only after reading the book and thinking about it all that I realised his fault and where he went wrong. I think that the way the book is written encourages you not to spot the fault.
I recommend that anyone who is writing on sexual ethics should read this. It is challenging and some people might find it too much. There is a part where it's quite graphic in the description of a rape and that might be a bit too much for some, but the book is written in a way that allows you to not notice how horrible it actually is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant treatment of challenging subject 28 Mar 2014
By J. E. Needham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is certainly a courageous tackling of a very difficult subject, and very thought-provoking it is too. Is naive David’s technically and legally inappropriate behaviour, because it’s driven by love, as morally reprehensible as Abi’s brutal abusers? This is the question the reader is asked to confront. But whilst their behaviour is shocking by conventional standards, both David and Abi are painted in very sympathetic terms. Certainly, that was my reaction.

I really liked the way the author contrasted and compared their thirty-years-later resumed relationship, when they both have the wisdom of years, with their first one, when he is callow and naive and she emotionally damaged and staggeringly precocious. And the way in which the demons of a small, remote community in rural Norfolk are resurrected with evocative and chilling effect, because they’ve never really gone away. I found myself thinking, ‘Oh no; not again!’ and anxious to continue reading to find out if it’s so.

Mr Nobbs writes in short, crisp sentences without adornment, cutting straight to the chase/getting straight to the point (select according to age). This style propels the narrative along briskly, carrying you with it.

But proof of pudding is in eating of course, and I really wanted to know what happened in the end. That’s the measure of good storytelling after all, and in that this creepy yet intrinsically heart-warming tale certainly succeeds.

Bravo Mr Nobbs. I look forward to your next offering!
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