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Chalkhill Blue Paperback – 10 Aug 1984

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books Ltd; New edition edition (10 Aug. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330283979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330283977
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,190,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Masefield comes from a family of writers - John Masefield was his cousin - and with a love of animals and the outdoors he decided at a young age that he would farm and write, if necessary both at once.
It took years of hard work before Richard could realise his dream, and in fact his first published novel was written while milking a herd of Friesian cows. He still lives on his farm in Sussex with his wife Lee and together they spend as much time as possible with their large family of children and grandchildren.

You can visit Richard's website at www.richardmasefield.co.uk

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'Beautifully and lovingly brought to life, with a warmth that makes the flavour of it linger kindly in the mind long after the book is closed.' --The Literary Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Masefield comes from a family of writers - John Masefield was his cousin - and with a love of animals and the outdoors he decided at a young age that he would farm and write, if necessary both at once. It took years of hard work before Richard could realise his dream, and in fact his first published novel was written while milking a herd of Friesian cows. He still lives on his farm in Sussex with his wife Lee and together they spend as much time as possible with their large family of children and grandchildren. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
The vivid depiction of the backgrounds in this novel are engaging, particularly the rolling Sussex downland, and it definitely establishes a strong sense of its historical context. Set in the early decades of the twentieth century, it moves from Australia to South America, then on to London as the family is plunged into the First World War. There are some vivid descriptions of the horror of the underground tunnels and trenches of war-torn France as Ned, one of the main characters, shocks his family by choosing to go to war rather than look after the family farm, a reserved occupation.

For the heroine and her mother and sister, the challenges of following her father, a man with extreme ambition and wanderlust, around the world are engaging and the sheer dysfunctionality of the main protagonists is often breathtaking. The family farm on the Sussex downland gradually moves to centre stage as the story progresses and is evoked with sensitivity and feeling. However, I personally felt some of the characterisation in this novel left something to be desired. Some characters, such as Simmie and Ned, came across well but I found my patience with the wilful, emotionally dysfunctional heroine became rapidly depleted and by the end I couldn't have cared less what happened to her!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Borritt on 29 Oct. 2014
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In this anniversary year commemorating the start of the First World War, "Chalkhill Blue" salutes those who fought in the trenches. When Ned Ashby leaves his beloved Sussex farm - against violent opposition from his wife Meriel - to fight in France, he little knows how much will be destroyed irretrievably for him and his family. Meriel, headstrong and obstinate, knew she loved Ned the moment she saw him: but Ned is also loved by the older and gentler Simmie, and it is her devotion that will support him and Meriel when all seems lost.
So vividly written and packed with memorable characters, this is a heart-stopping and wonderful novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Eager on 8 July 2014
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I enjoyed this book. One is transported back to the age following the first world war and I was constantly awed by the details of those times. An added bonus for me was my love for the South Downs and this story, based on fact as it is, gave me a greater depth of their history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms E C M Platt on 18 Oct. 2014
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I loved this book because I love fiction set in the 1st World War. I realised how much about everyday life at that time I didn't know, and now do, thanks to this book! The research that went into it was phenomenal.
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