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Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke [Kindle Edition]

Peter Benson
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'One of the most distinctive voices in modern British fiction.' -- Evening Standard

'A sharp stylist.' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Vividly, defiantly realistic at times, luridly surreal at others, his writing's ability to compound striking metaphors of the abstract with a graphic physicality has won him a deserved following.' -- The Times Literary Supplement

'At a time of growing urbanism and reductive social interaction, this delightful novel extols the simple virtues of landscape and love, a sentiment that is as important now as it was when Benson first became a storyteller. Perhaps even more so.' -- Independent on Sunday

'An adventure story written in Benson s distinctive, flourish-filled style and suffused with his deep and abiding love of the West Country.' -- Daily Mail

'A coming of age novel that turns the plot of a thriller into a lyrical celebration of the mysterious and enchanting power of the natural world.' -- The Times Literary Supplement

'A haunting tale of love, clairvoyance and cannabis.' -- The Guardian

'Peter Benson writes like an angel fuelled by inspirational quantities of organic Somerset cider. Get drunk on this fine novel.' --The Regency Book Club

'a coming of age novel that turns the plot of a thriller into a lyrical celebration of the mysterious and enchanting power of the natural world' --The Times Literary Supplement

'At a time of growing urbanism and reductive social interaction, this delightful novel extols the simple virtues of landscape and love, a sentiment that is as important now as it was when Benson first became a storyteller. Perhaps even more so.' --Independent on Sunday

'a coming of age novel that turns the plot of a thriller into a lyrical celebration of the mysterious and enchanting power of the natural world' --The Times Literary Supplement

'At a time of growing urbanism and reductive social interaction, this delightful novel extols the simple virtues of landscape and love, a sentiment that is as important now as it was when Benson first became a storyteller. Perhaps even more so.' --Independent on Sunday

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When young Elliot gets a labourer’s job at Mr Evans’s after being sacked from a pig farm for liberating six of its sows, he thinks he’ll have even more opportunities to lean on gates or stare at fields. But his best mate Spike keeps getting him into trouble, first by showing him what is being grown in a tucked-away polytunnel, and then turning up at his caravan’s door with a van full of weed. As Elliot tries to help his friend get rid of the hot merchandise, they find themselves at the receiving end of a cruel cat-and-mouse game.??A tale of adventure with as many twists and turns as the enchanting Somerset landscape that forms its backdrop, 'Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke' is, above all, a celebration of the English countryside – full of magic, history and superstition – where smoke is in the air, and where not all is what it seems.

About the Author

Born in 1956, Peter Benson was educated in Ramsgate, Canterbury and Exeter. His first novel, The Levels, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. This was followed by A Lesser Dependency, winner of the Encore award, The Other Occupant, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award, and three more novels: Odo's Hanging, Riptide and A Private Moon. He has also published short stories, screenplays and poetry, and his work has been adapted for TV and radio and translated into many languages. He lives in Exeter with his wife.
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