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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552997005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552997003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Extraordinarily powerful" Mail on Sunday "A devastatingly acute picture of a harsh rural world" The Sunday Times "Certainly one of her best" Daily Telegraph "A richly satisfying novel, sometimes dark, but compulsively readable, and imagined with a warmth that makes its determined realism oddly uplifting" Sunday Express "Her fine, gripping and unflinching novel" The Times

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A novel set in the midst of the farming community, with a family at a tragic crossroads.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Sep 2009
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A surprisingly discomforting story of well-to-do middle-class farmers coming a cropper as their business goes to hell in a hand-basket.

Harry and Dilys Meredith are the patriarch and matriarch and their two sons, Robin and Joe are the working farmers. Robin is married to Caro, an American, and they have an adopted daughter, Judy with a job on a fashion magazine in London; Joe's wife is Lindsay and they have Hughie aged 3 and baby Rose. But all is not right in Joe's world.

Caro has died of cancer and the novel opens with her funeral. The death of his sister-in-law seems to affect Joe more than it should - they had a link through Joe's travels in America when he was younger, but on Joe's side it seems the link went deeper. Joe is also very worried about money. He has run the arable farm and Robin in adjoining acreage is a milk producer. Though their mother Dilys does the farm accounts for Joe, there are things that he doesn't put through the books.

Joanna Trollope here does a surprisingly good job of tackling some of the presiding problems of farming. The isolation, the endless hard work, the gruelling reverses of farming life - all are well-depicted. The love stuff is standard fare, with a friend of Judy's latching on to Robin as he wends his weary way towards recovery from Caro's death. The book gave me a few hours of enjoyable reading and I was impressed at how well Trollope got to grips with the mud and grit of farming life.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2001
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The story begins with the death of Caro, a farmer's wife and adoptive mother of one, who, being American was always an outsider in this family of farmers. This event causes a ripple effect that touches every character. I really enjoyed reading about Zoe's feistiness and freedom which contrasts with the insular, greiving family, and although the story contains much tragedy, overall it is a fascinating insight into emotional repression and release. The positive ending sends the message that life must go on. I recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 1999
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No use talking about feelings and such when there's work to be done. That pretty much sums up how a lot of farming people think. This book is an excellent, realistic portrayal of a farming family trying to keep the business going and trying to cope with (that is, ignore) so many devastating emotions following the death of a wife and mother. The book clearly shows how a farmer's identity is tied to the farm, making it so much more than just plain old work. Anyone wanting to get a feeling of what it is like to be a farmer today should read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ann on 11 Oct 2011
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Excellent story, well up to Joanna Trollope's standards. Kept me guessing until the very end which to my mind is a good indication of a strong story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS JEAN A LAWSON on 5 Mar 2013
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Just like all of Joanna Trollope novels this one, I feel, is one of her best. I couldn't put it down and finished the book in just a couple of days. All her novels are filled with such amazing characters - I usually have to make a sort of 'family tree' as I go through her novels otherwise I get so easily confused with who it is I am reading about. A wonderful book, a wonderful story, wonder characters - a must have.
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