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The Magic Apple Tree

The Magic Apple Tree [Kindle Edition]

Susan Hill
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The Magic Apple Tree stands in the garden of Moon Cottage, in the small village of Barley. Susan Hill's book is an evocation of a year seen from that cottage, in which she and her family lived for thirteen years.

Here are the changing seasons, the sounds and smells and sights of the country, the weather and the wildlife, the growing of vegetables and the keeping of hens, the making of preserves and the establishing of a new garden in the overgrown orchard.

Here too are the people going about their everyday life in a small country community. There are the pleasures of Christmas and Easter and Harvest Festival, the village show and the summer fete, the spring fair and the Women's Institute meetings. There is life and death, pleasure and survival, heavy snow and blazing summer heat.

The Magic Apple Tree was first published in 1982 and has become a classic of English country writing and the favourite, much-loved bedside book of so many. This edition retains John Lawrence's evocative and true-to-life wood engravings, exactly as in the first edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Long Barn Books (26 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Hill is a prize-winning novelist, having been awarded the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and became a great success in the West End. Her books include a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete delight 29 July 2001
By A Customer
This is a marvellous book. After reading many books which celebrate an 'escape' from England to sunny climes, here is the perfect antidote. Susan Hill describes life in a country village in England in the most marvellousr, warm prose - she occasionally veers a little towards sentimentality, but whatever sweetness the book contains is nicely countered by a true eye for detail. This is a comforting, reassuring read which nevertheless has the overall effect of challenging the reader to think about his own life, what he is doing with it, and whether that is how he wants it to be. Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense, sensibility, but no sentimentality 16 Sep 2002
Susan Hill's The Magic Apple Tree marks a period of change for the author. It follows a time of intense creativity when she wrote half a dozen critically acclaimed novels - Strange Meeting, a novel set during World War I, being in my view particularly haunting and accomplished. After marrying the eminent Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells, and with the arrival of their daughter Jessica, Susan and her family left town life to take up residence in the fen country, at 'Moon Cottage'. The Magic Apple Tree is a record of one year in the life of the family and the rural scene they became absorbed by.
Susan Hill is fond of the writing of Hardy, and has the same ability to express atmosphere and natural beauty. Also an unflinching acceptance of life's cruelties and terrors. She enjoys keeping hens but can't help admiring the machismo of the hunting fox. She reveres living creatures but 'sits on the fence' concerning the fox-hunting debate. She agonises over eating delicate spring lamb but frankly admits that she'll relish lamb chops later on. She has a quick eye for the beautiful but honestly appraises the problems of rural life under the punishing yearly ordeal of a seven-month winter.
Susan Hill is a sensitive and spiritual writer but never a sentimental one. She gives the reader her subtle response to the country scene and its inhabitants, and also allows us to inspect her vegetable patch and her larder.She gets tremendous satisfaction out of raising her own veg - she's positively lyrical about celeriac - but is half-hearted about growing flowers unless they 'earn their living'. She's fond of making chutney, pickled plums, damson cheese and eldflower ice-cream, but draws the line at wine-making. For me, these details, gardening tips and old-fashioned country recipes are fascinating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that changed my life. 13 April 2009
I first read this book twenty five years ago, I got it from the local library and was inspired from the first page I was going through a very unhappy part of my life my husbsnd was suffering from agaraphobia and drinking heavily which was affecting the wole family. When I say it changed my life it did just that. I was so affected by Susan Hill`s description of "Moon Cottage" and a wonderful fulfilling life she lead, subconciously I must have decided that was what I wanted. Within twlve months I had found a house in the country with all the wild life Susan had written about Two acres of undeveloped land a barn with room for ponies for my girls and even an old apple tree at the back of the house with branches tapping on the window. My very own "Moon Cottage" with a peppercorn rent to go with it. Thankyou Susan for planting the seeds of "the good life" in your tuly inspirational book of the country. A | "must" read for all lovers of the countryside.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is my default reading - marvelous! 22 Aug 2001
By A Customer
This book (and one by Mary Taylor Simetti) is my default reading, when more sophisticated pleasures can't entice me. Beautifully written, this book is almost an elegy to English country living. It provides me - a Californian - with the vicarious feeling that I too am living in Moon Cottage in Barley. Hill provides recipes, observations, descriptions of people, surroundings, and customs of her village, perhaps as bulwark against the encroaching tide of modern life. She finds much to value in living in the "country" and there is much to value in this beautiful book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Susan Hill's study of the British countryside and the seasons of the year is wonderful. Reading it for the first time in the middle of a long winter a few years ago made me feel lucky to live here - despite the dark nights and the cold. Autumn has always been my favourite time of the year but the authors description of her life in the countryside made me look afresh at all seasons and gave me the urge to get out and about to enjoy.
Susan Hill's descriptions of the countryside and country people are strongly reminiscent of Hardy and this book was an introduction to a wonderful author. If you like this you must try her other work - which is generally deeper and darker but just as beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite book 14 Oct 2013
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I love this book i have read it several times. The author is brilliant at desciption you can almost smell the weather.It is like an old friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book I have read more than once! 25 Feb 2011
By York
An amazing book and I would recomend it unreservedly. You are left with such a desire to live life in the country. My favourite book of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 9 Nov 2013
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I loved the book - beautifully written, lots of atmosphere. At first I thought it was a novel - even more impressed it was a diary of a year in the country. Susan Hill's books always have an underlay of strangeness, almost magic and this was no exception
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... was set in a jumbled way and I didn't enjoy the writing either
I didn't finish it - it was set in a jumbled way and I didn't enjoy the writing either.
Published 13 days ago by L. J. McQuillin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Seasons.
What a joy to read. Susan Hill's book about her life and how she adapts to the seasons is a firm favourite to read over and over or just to dip into. Read more
Published 16 days ago by blabla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A nice gentle read which makes you feel warm inside
Published 1 month ago by pauline saville
4.0 out of 5 stars An escape to the countryside
Oh to live in the Moon Cottage, Barley, which Hill describes, along with all the simple pleasures which she so vividly details as they appeal to the senses. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Shawcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
Wonderful book
Published 1 month ago by SCM
1.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
I tried and tried, but I just could not get interested in this book at all. I finally gave in before half way through.
Published 3 months ago by eeckythump
5.0 out of 5 stars Country life
This book transports you to country life a seasonal guide to life after moving to a small village,people,activities and cooking. One of my favourite books. Wonderful
Published 6 months ago by Caroline Boundy
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspirational read about the rhythms of the countryside
I read this book nearly 30 years ago and now reading it again ( the book disappeared during house moves) I realised that it informed much of how I viewed and formed my life in the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by CA HARTLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars country life
I love this book's evocation of a year in a country cottage, the people, animals and food and customs of the area
Published 8 months ago by Peter Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Magic apple tree
Sorry, love Susan Hill's writing, but really didn't get this story at all.
Liked all other books though. Thank you
Published 8 months ago by ms deborah hampshire
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