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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747240507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747240501
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.2 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,029,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harriet Smart is a novelist living in Edinburgh.

Educated at the University of St Andrews, Harriet's debut novel, A GARLAND OF VOWS, was inspired by her research into a firm nineteenth century church furnishers and turned into an epic family saga, spanning fifty years. Her second novel, GREEN GROW THE RUSHES, set in Edwardian Scotland was short-listed for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She is currently writing a series of crime novels set in early Victorian England.

Along with her husband Julian Smart she has designed Writer's Café, a software toolkit for fiction writers. For more information see www.writerscafe.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nettie Thomson on 19 Dec. 2010
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I loved this book. Harriet Smart writes with confidence and authority and her ability to capture the social and political climate of the era of which she writes (early 20th century) is very impressive. In this book she has created characters I quickly cared for - and some I was just as quick to detest. These characters are not one-dimensional ciphers, but fully rounded characters you can easily identify with.
The book follows the lives of a below-stairs cook, Jessie, and the above-stairs families she interacts with. The story is set at a time of great social change and Ms. Smart conveys this through the mouths and actions of her characters.
Green grow The Rushes is a hefty tome, but I was still sad when it ended.
I couldn't recommend this book more highly and will be buying more from this talented writer soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Dj Shoobridge on 2 May 2012
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have to say I was amazed by this book. The characters were believable, some nice, some not so nice and one in particularly very unpleasant.

Gave what I felt was a good insight into upstairs downstairs in the 1900's, the suffragettes and early engineering and the production of motorcars.

Would recommend it to anyone who likes a nice long book

Admit bought it when it was free but have since downloaded (paid for) another of this lady's novels and keeping it for my holiday next week as a special treat.
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My daughter recommended this book to me and I'm loving it. I've not quite finished it, but pick it up every chance I get. It has so many different strands running through it that it holds your attention at all times. Although there is a love aspect to it, it is not simply a love story. It deals with many aspects for the social, political and economic issues of the early 20th century in a very engaging way. I also like the fact that it's set in Edinburgh, as I live in Edinburgh and like the descriptions of the city over a centuary ago.
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A long but enjoyable book following the lives of a couple of different families and friends thereof. I wasn't honestly sure if there would be enough to continue the book as one of the main characters disappears in the first half but I was pleasantly surprised. This book gives an idea of what life was like during those times. And as I'm a sucker for a happy ending, that worked too.
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By Bugly on 5 Jun. 2012
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A period love story; Having been captivated by Tess of the d'Urbervilles in my teen years I decided to give this one a go. It is actually a decent book, it has obviously had significant thought and input and I enjoyed reading it. This is the sort of novel that makes a good TV drama series that has you looking forward to the next offering but after it finishes you struggle to remember that much about the characters. This isn't a slant of the writer's ability or the novel quality more a statement of the type of fiction it offers.
A good book to read as it is a long book. It has plenty going on, looks at many different aspects of the period and has a theme that shifts between a couple of main characters rather than just becoming a boring dialog of one life. It is not a `Tess' by any standards but them that is a classic for a reason.
If you like romance with a setting, like to read a period novel then this is certainly one to check out, I doubt you will be disappointed.
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