- Hardcover: 262 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (19 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608199789
- ISBN-13: 978-1608199785
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,504,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Melissa's second novel, At Hawthorn Time, is out now, published by Bloomsbury; it has been described by multi-award-winning author Helen Macdonald as "a profoundly unsentimental yet deeply compassionate meditation on searching for myth and meaning, on our need to belong, and the place of history in the history of place". It was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.
A freelance writer, occasional photographer and reviewer, Melissa won the John Muir Trust's Award for Wild Writing in 2010. She writes for The Times' weekly 'Nature Notebook' column and delivered one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures for Bristol Festival of Ideas 2015.
A gently-evoked urban tragedy - and the most powerful and original debut novel I've read for years (A N Wilson, Readers Digest)
Clay moves to rhythms that we associate less with fiction than with the close-descriptive style of nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane ... At the heart of Clay is a hymn to attentiveness, both to the natural world and to those we share it with (Financial Times)
Instantly beautiful in its calm and wise tone (Robert Macfarlane)
Heartfelt, elegaic ... Lovingly observed (Sunday Times)
The wonderful power of her looking builds a quiet, cumulative poetry. An impressive debut (Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country)
Fierce and tender ... Country come to town with lyrical, visceral power ... She evokes with rhapsodic delight the animal and plant life that still flourishes amid the concrete and Tarmac (Boyd Tonkin, Independent)
Harrison gives lovely expression to her vision of an ecosystem thrumming away beneath the grime of city life (Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
An intimate and captivating portrait of four people struggling with the concrete confines of city life by first-time novelist Melissa Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I am jealous of those who haven't yet read this novel, who have the pleasure of reading it yet to come.
But this is not just a novel about human relationships. Clay takes the reader through a year in the life of the park and affords a fascinating insight into the wildlife that abounds even in this apparently unpromising setting. Harrison's attention to detail with regards to the park's surprising array of flora and fauna is magnificent, yet her deft handling and poetic touch ensure that at no point do neon lights flash up the words `Attention! Attention! You are now being educated' - a sight unhappily seen in too many modern novels (and, let's face it, quite a lot of old ones too).
This is Melissa Harrison's first novel, though it reads like the work of someone who's an old hand at the game, as evidenced by the fact that many of the impressions and emotions contained in it have stayed with me, and I'm a reader who is wont to finish a novel and then forget it almost instantly (some might say that's not always a bad thing too). I thoroughly enjoyed this and would very much recommend it. Pop into a local bookshop and pick yourself up a copy - I'd be extremely surprised if you ever look at a local park in quite the same way again.
The story, about three disparate characters who frequent a small city park and have their own ways of enjoying the natural environment, keeps promising some great drama as their lives interact, but in the end this promise is not kept, and we have instead a nice little story about a boy from a broken home, a Polish immigrant and a widow who has been partially rejected by her daughter.
As well as enjoying the plants and wildlife of the park, they all suffer from a sense of loneliness and not quite `fitting in' to their respective lives. It makes for a pleasant and intelligent read, but what could have been real page-turner fizzles out halfway through, and we must make do with a minor study of modern British society. Still worth reading though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this sounded promising but was hugely disappointed and resorted to skim reading the last few chapters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Macc Lass
A remarkable and sensitive story of an eight year old boy, TC, of Jozef a Polish farmer, and Sophia, 78, who loves her grand daughter, Daisy. Their marginalized lives intermingle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandy Hogarth, author of The Glass Girl
I did enjoy this book - Melissa Harrison writes with a poetic and eloquent observation. She combines an urban-set, contemporary story within the coming and going of the seasons,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael William Dawnay
I think this book is the only work of fiction I have finished in a decade.
That's simply because I found it LOADS more engaging than all the half-finished novels I have failed... Read more
Eight year old TC skips school to explore the city's overgrown, forgotten corners. Sophia, seventy-eight, watches with concern as he slips past her window, through the little park... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ally Atherton
I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting mix of nature and human interest stories, which sometimes worked well and at times felt a bit disjointedPublished 15 months ago by Mr N J Carroll
I had high hopes of this well written book about three lonely people (two adults and one child), all living close to a very ordinary London common, which is yet beautiful in their... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dragon Granny