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East Fortune [Paperback]

James Runcie
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1 Feb 2010
The boy stepped out into the road. He stretched his arms out and his legs apart, making an X, palms facing the windscreen, the hands with a slight tremor that Jack only remembered later. His face had a questioning look that asked 'Why are you doing this to me?' Jack has been sleepwalking through his middle age. His wife has left him; his grown-up daughters no longer need him; and he rarely leaves his remote house on the east coast of Scotland. But when he is involved in an horrific accident, he is jolted out of his stupor, and embarks upon a new friendship that helps him to re-evaluate everything. Douglas is on the early morning Eurostar to Paris to have lunch with a woman he barely knows. Despite his responsibilities to family, work and friends, he is determined to risk everything for his obsession with a stranger. Angus is fifty-four. He has always prided himself on his happy marriage, his reliable car, his nice house, his stable career: there are no nasty surprises. But when a man thirty years his junior takes him to a stuffy room and tells him he no longer has a job, he finds himself suddenly in freefall. As a man without a profession, how does he now define himself? As the three Henderson brothers head to their big childhood home in East Fortune for their annual summer gathering, they steel themselves against sibling rivalry, parental expectation and the vulnerability that comes with being with those who know you best. Intense, humane, humorous and subtle, East Fortune is a moving story about lives at the crossroads; about life and love, chance and hope - and how families survive.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This gripping novel has only one major flaw - it was far too short - I wanted at least another 200 pages of these people and their lives' Victoria Hislop Praise for Canvey Island: 'A tender, intimate account of post-war England, left me both wistful and elated' Jim Crace 'A modern epic of generational, social and political change' Vogue 'Elegiac and evocative Canvey Island is moving and clearly heartfelt' Observer


James Runcie has written a rich, subtle, and often funny book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Canvey Island, loved this one 21 Nov 2009
Perhaps James Runcie just writes my sort of books. In both Canvey Island and East Fortune tragedy strikes early and lives are changed forever. On Canvey Island we met a working class family struggling in 1950s Britain while here we have a privileged family from the Scottish monied class. Runcie shows the struggles of growing up, of coping with family life, of meeting our partners, having children, dealing with infidelity etc etc. All of life. And he also shows us people coming to terms with the changes that can come swiftly and shockingly to us all. And even if nothing untoward happens in their and our lives we ultimately have to cope with death. Runcie deals with all of this with gentle wisdom and not a little wit. Great writing too. I very much enjoyed the books as fiction but I also felt that Mr Runcie had helped me to understand more about my own life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it in the Family 17 Oct 2012
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This is an ordinary book where nothing extraordinary happens - life just happens. Probably not the best way to start a book review but actually I mean neither of these things in the negative

James Runcie has written a book using the basis of family and all its beautiful moments and some of its uglier ones as well. The book opens rather startlingly when Jack Henderson is involved in a car accident. A young man walks out in front of his car with the intent of ending his life. Jack cannot do anything to prevent what happens, but he somehow gets caught up with this boy's family and attends the funeral and meets his girlfriend Krystyna. Suddenly Jack's life changes. He no longer thinks of just his work.

His younger brother Doug on the other hand, is probably heading for his own crash. His drinking is taking over his life, and he risks everything he has to be with a woman he knows nothing about and who seems to be doing all the controlling whilst Doug does all the running. His work and his marriage suddenly turn into a downward spiral and he seeks solace at his family home.

The eldest Angus, has it all and then it is taken away from him suddenly and unexpectedly when he loses his job. But his strength is his family and he makes plans with his wife for them to embark on a new adventure. This could be all about to change though, as the eldest can suddenly find himself with new responsibilities which might keep him nearer to home.

Their childhood family home, East Fortune always brings them together when times are hard and difficult. There they revert back to children, to the bickering they had as such and the need to be centre of attention for one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good Read 29 Jan 2014
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I found it based initially on a true occurrence which I can recall!!
The story was convincing as well as entertaining.
I enjoy James Runcie's books and will always want to read his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Fortune James Runcie 30 Sep 2013
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James Runcie writes well with an engaging style - realistic but also hopeful. It start in a dramatic way but to say more might spoil the story for readers
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtfull Read 2 Aug 2013
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This book was not quite what I expected as I thought it was lt was going to be a mystery or a murder. It was a book about a man looking back on his life and himself after retirement. (more or less) Not an easy read but a very insightful book and showing how prejudices can be changed.
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