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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (6 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770924
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.

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A graceful and confident writer; the little Cumberland town of Thurston during the slump years, the Second World War and after, is beautifully realised (The Observer)

Quite masterly (Daily Telegraph)

Places him solidly in the main tradition of English fiction, with an honourable ancestry through such disparate figures as Wells and Hardy, Dickens and Jane Austen to Henry Fielding (Tribune)

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The second novel in Melvyn Bragg's brilliant and evocative Tallentire trilogy

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Whitaker on 16 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
The alternation of intensity and apathy in sexual life is a subject that was explored in The Hired Man. Covering the years 1898 to 1920 in the life of John and Emily Tallentire, the novel articulated the nuances of their emotions. Communication between a man and a woman becomes a function of the body; and estrangement develops when perfect physical accord is broken. After Emily's death, at the age of 40, John is back where he was at the beginning, a man for casual hire on the great farms but now with all his zest gone.

Bragg's artistry is at its best in his honest portrayal of the hard lives of agricultural laborers in the early 20th century. The protagonist of A Place in England is Joseph Tallentire, John's son. Bragg is less close to Joseph than to John; in fact, the most memorable pages of the novel feature the now patriarchal John. After much struggle Joseph is able to "be his own man" as owner of a public house; but his success is undercut by the disintegration of his marriage, a loss to him for which he cannot account.

Joseph Tallentire has hope and ambition - like his father before him he is determined to make something of himself and improve his lot. But life is not easy for an uneducated young man in Cumberland before and during World War II.

Joseph's battle against the odds is the subject of this moving and evocative novel. Eventually achieving a period of some independence, Joseph serves as a tribute to the many like him who lived through one of Britain's periods of greatest social change.

"A graceful and confident writer; the little Cumberland town of Thurston during the slump years, the Second World War and after, is beautifully realised" - Observer.
"Places him solidly in the main tradition of English fiction, with an honourable ancestry through such disparate figures as Wells and Hardy, Dickens and Jane Austen to Henry Fielding"- Tribune.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I've not read any of Melvyn Bragg's other novels and this one doesn't entice me to either. The story starts off quite well, but he fails to develop any of the characters sufficiently to make the reader feel any sympathy or interest in them. His description of marital unease and distance is quite good. Overall quite patchy.
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I enjoyed the first of the trilogy, the Hired Man, but I find this book doesn't hold my attention like the first did. Could simply be that the weather is suddenly summery and reading isn't a priority at the moment. I'll go back to it and probably enjoy it in time.
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