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Foxes' Oven Paperback – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tallis House (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955462258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955462252
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dark story with overtones of Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' ... keeps you enthralled. -- The Guardian

It is so well done ... Michael de Larrabeiti's book is of a high literary standard. -- Beryl Bainbridge

A vivid, intriguing and evocative story. -- H R F Keating

Compelling and atmospheric. -- John Carey, The Sunday Times

About the Author

Michael de Larrabeiti lives in Oxfordshire and has written ten books including The Borribles trilogy. He is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times' Travel section. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Listener on 31 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
"It's a dangerous place, childhood, and I have no business going back." Like The Go-Between, this novel has an adolescent central character irrevocably changed through involvement in adult tragedy. The rural wartime setting near Arundel is vivid, as are the emotions and thralls of Becky, a London girl evacuated to relatives: familiar fictional territory, but fresh and compelling in such skilled hands. The sense of impending tragedy is powerfully conveyed; we realise, with Becky, that the biggest threat isn't from invading Germans but from suspicions and jealousies closer by. Wonderfully accomplished writing, masterly plotting - this deserves a wide readership.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By idlewriter on 1 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Readers who have enjoyed ATONEMENT or THE GO-BETWEEN will surely wonder why this brilliant novel isn't better known. Michael de Larrabeiti is an astonishingly good writer, and FOXES' OVEN will simply sweep you up and keep you enthralled to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Rebeiro on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Please do not miss this beautifully-evoked and intense novel set in the hot summer of 1940. A 13-year-old London evacuee is sent to the Arun valley and sets about becoming one of the family, with truly heart-rending and startling results. Michael de l'Arabiti displays a great talent for conveying the thoughts and emotions of a damaged girl on the brink of womanhood. A spell-binding piece of writing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Oliver on 26 Sept. 2008
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I came to Mike De Larrabeiti's work through the Borribles. I always though the Borribles was far more than a kid's book and its dark, subversive nature and fantastic story truly gripped me. I first read the Borribles 20 years ago and I have since read some of MDL's memoir/travel type writing (French Leave), his "thriller" writing (Hollywood Takes) and now have just bought and read Foxes Oven.

I have to say this now, but Foxes Oven is as good as anything I have ever read. It may be that MDL had his fingers in too many pies (writing style wise) to forge a reputation as a great novelist, but this is an amazing book. It concerns a young evacuee (Becky) who finds herself out of London and thrust into the countryside round Arundel. MDL's writing is evocative and precise, he conjures up the beauty and the brutality of the countryside and war and yet Foxes Oven is a perfectly paced novel - the story unfolds before you, draws you in, involves you emotionally and then leaves you exhausted and drained at the end!

I may sound as though I am gushing somewhat, but this is great stuff and through it all the aura of dark menance, of foreboding is carried perfectly. I buy the Borribles for all my friends who have young boys - I will now be buying Foxes Oven for all my friends. How this book is not far better known I will never know - and if they made it into a film, god, it would destroy Atonement!

Buy it. I promise you you'll love it.
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By Kevin Dawson on 5 Dec. 2010
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I ordered this book for my parents but could'nt resist a sneaky read before I handed it over .
My family have roots in the area that the book is set in and I'm familiar with the real Foxes' Oven .
The plot has been cleverly infused with a local knowledge and captures the the atmosphere of the landscape -possibly a little too well !.
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