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Netherwood [Paperback]

Jane Sanderson
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29 Sep 2011

Eve Williams is about to discover just how the other half really live ...

Above stairs: Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splendid estate on the outskirts of town, doesn't come cheap. And that's not to mention the cost of keeping his wife and daughters in the latest fashions-- and keeping the heir, the charming but feckless Tobias, out of trouble.

Below stairs: Eve Williams, is the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees. When her ordered existence amid the terraced rows of the miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency, and talent, to provide for her three young children. And it's then that 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' collide in truly dramatic fashion...

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751547638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751547634
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former BBC radio producer, married to author and Independent journalist Brian Viner, Jane Sanderson has used some of her own family history as background for her first novel.

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A romping tale of history, ambition, greed and survival (Milly Johnson)

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THE novel for fans of period drama. If you watched Downton Abbey, Cranford and Larkrise to Candleford, this is the book for you.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs, downstairs and underground 29 Sep 2011
This, the first in a new series, is a tale of two very different Yorkshire families a century ago, one headed by a miner, the other by Lord Hoyland, the mine owner.
Young, beautiful, Eve Williams, her devoted husband Arthur and their little family all spring to life from this book's earliest pages. Indeed, even the minor characters are solid, believable, well defined and great fun to meet.
Arthur works in Lord Hoyland's mines and earns little for long hours and dangerous work. The atmosphere of day-to-day living and survival for even these comparatively well treated families is made clear and hardship and hunger are always close by.
When Eve is widowed and faces ruin she finds that her skills as a baker are her salvation and, with a friend to help and encourage her, she soon finds her business catches the eye of more than just friends and neighbours.
Though Eve holds centre-stage with her friends and family, Lord Hoyland and his also star and both strands of the plot are told equally well. There seems little to challenge Eve's rise ever upward to success and new love so this is a happy read, though not all those around her wish her well.
Light romance? Saga? Whatever. This should not really have been my cup of tea. However, it was, and good, Yorkshire tea at that.
This is a perfect read for Downton Abbey fans (and a great number of other folk, too) and I honestly look forward to knowing what happens next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Storytelling to Curl up and Enjoy. 2 Oct 2012
By Jenna
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This book has a lot of good things going for it. It's a drama, a social and industrial history lesson, a love story, and a family saga encompassing a rich family and a poor one. Most of all it is an intelligently written story, and running through it is a mischievously wicked sense of humour.
Eve is a character very much in the `woman of substance' mould. She finds herself in a situation where she has to work to provide for her three children, and story revolves around how she does this, with style to say the least, and the people she meets and interacts with along the way.
The Earl and Countess of Netherwood, Clarissa and Teddy Hoyland, own Netherwood Hall, as well as three local collieries, and most of the land and property in the vicinity. This aristocratic family become entwined with Eve and her business ventures, and there are a few surprises along the way. I can't say I have read many novels which have made me feel hungry, but this one did, and even had me checking out the recipes at the back of the book.
What I particularly liked was the characterisation. The author skilfully reveals enough for the reader to engage with the feelings and behaviours of each and every player in the scene. By page 20 or so, I knew who Eve was, and found myself getting acquainted with several of the other characters as well. Anna and Lady Henrietta are two other prominent female personalities who get to star in some very strong storylines, along with their male counterparts Amos, Toby Hoyland, and Eve's son Seth, to name but a few.
This is a book that flows and the writing keeps up a good pace to hold the reader's attention. I felt their sadness; I smiled a lot; and I shared in the triumphs. I've just ordered the sequel, and am looking forward to the next instalment. If it's as good as this one, all I can say is keep `em coming please.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sons and Lovers 22 Sep 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've never watched Downton Abbey, but after reading Jane Sanderson's Netherwood, I can see where the comparison and the attraction might lie. Set in a Yorkshire mining town around 1904, Netherwood isn't Sons and Lovers or Women in Love, nor is it Lady Chatterley's Lover, lacking much of the grime, earthy poetry and literary frankness of D.H. Lawrence - but it draws from the same source towards different ends, with a more modern sensibility for a new readership.

Part of the difference - and this is the attraction that will determine whether this goes on to be a successful series of books - lies in the depiction of the characters and its gentler, more equitable attitude towards both sides of the class divide. The privileged lifestyle of the upper class family of Lord Hoyland is given almost equal time with that of Eve Williams, the wife of a working class miner in the coal pits owned by and turning in a considerable profit for the Hoyland family. There's certainly some sense of the misery and social injustice in the conditions endured by the lower classes for the benefit of a rich few with little care or conscience for their position, but it's not the main purpose of Netherwood.

Rather through an episodic series of events - entertaining, tragic, funny and romantic - Jane Sanderson's book takes a rather more open look at the period, creating strong believable, human characters (even secondary figures have unique, recognisable characteristics and attitudes), seeing the good and the bad in the lives of those upstairs, as well as those downstairs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 30 Dec 2012
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This story revolves around a mining community in Yorkshire and the mines owned by the Earl of Netherwood. The key character is Eve Williams and her family who after her husband Arthur is killed in a mining accident starts her own bakery business. Amos Sykes, a close friend of her husband, takes care of her family, especially her son Seth who he encourages to join him in buying an allotment to grow vegetables. The story brings the characters to life and vividly describes the hard lives of the mining community and the priviliged life of the Earl and his family. It takes you on a journey through the poor working conditions of the miners and their fight for better working conditions and the success of a young widow who makes a new life for herself and her family through sheer hard work and determination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable.
Published 18 days ago by Miu miu Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant, for me this is a 'can't put down' book. I love Jane Sanderson's books
Published 2 months ago by J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read
1903 - Yorkshire. Eve Wlliiams finds her life comes crashing down when her husband, Arthur, is killed in a mining accident. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aunt Allie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I truly recommend that you purchase this book. It is a wonderful read and well worth adding to your library.
Published 4 months ago by Country Music Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
Brilliant can't wait to read the next one great story and kept me wanting more
A very good read excellent
Published 7 months ago by Lynne B
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
The story line was good and held my interest the characters were very believable alo a good insight into class rela tigon of the times
Published 7 months ago by Joyce Forster [mrs]
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Shopper
I bought the Kindle edition of this book after it was recommended by a friend and I was not disappointed. I might well buy the next one as I believe it is part of a trilogy.
Published 7 months ago by sailing richard
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Downton...
Then I would suggest this book. Initially it started a bit slowly but once a chapter in I thoroughly enjoyed this blast to the past.
Published 8 months ago by Anne-Marie Upton
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had looked forward to reading this book, and had held it in my kindle library waiting for the cosy nights to curl up and enjoy. But I was very disappointed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, had full empathy with its characters and the setting. I look forward to the next Sanderson novel.
Published 10 months ago by J.So
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