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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (4 Feb 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1471323625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471323621
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,921,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROOK 'conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages' Times Literary Supplement

'the Anglo-Saxon material is genuinely fascinating and the writing itself is really fine - often lush and ambitiously poetic, but always controlled' Daily Mail

'intense, atmospheric and beautifully written' Joanna Briscoe

'The Devil's Music ...is a sharp exposé of the devastating effects of the taboos that govern motherhood. Jane Rusbridge is a brilliant new voice. She evokes hearth-and-home in 1950s Britain with terrific delicacy.' Alison Macleod

'Vividly and intensely written' Jane Rogers

Nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award 2011

Jane Rusbridge lives near the coast in West Sussex with her husband, a farmer. They have five children in their twenties. Jane is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of Chichester where she has been Associate Lecturer in English since 1999. Jane is also the recipient of the university's Lord Wolfendon Prize, the Philip Lebrun Prize for Creative Writing, a Bridport Prize and a FIsh Prize. Her novels are published by Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Circus.

www.janerusbridge.co.uk

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Rusbridge's sympathetic and respectful handling of a sensitive issue conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages (TLS)

Genuinely fascinating and the writing itself is really fine - often lush and ambitiously poetic, but always controlled (Daily Mail)

Rook is an astonishingly vivid book; colours, textures, sounds, landscape, weather - a locality so precisely evoked that it rises up from the page as you read, and surrounds you with the fabric of the imagined lives which inhabit it. They are fascinating and compelling lives, and the plot delves into the layers of their past actions and secrets, delicately peeling them away ... an utterly engrossing novel (The Tablet)

An emotional tale of family, forgotten history and loyalty (Psychologies)

What a good novelist Jane Rusbridge is! I love the way she combines dexterous storytelling with deliciously descriptive, poetic prose. The people, the landscape they inhabit, even the birds in the air, are all vividly rendered in this mesmerising and multilayered story

(Marika Cobbold, author of Guppies for Tea)

Intense, atmospheric and beautifully written (Joanna Briscoe, author of Sleep with Me)

Compelling, absorbing and beautifully written (Patricia Duncker)

A richly woven tale has its pleasures too (Independent)

A powerful tale ... intensely written (Lifestyle)

Thoughtful ... The historical background of the Sussex coast, full of battles and dead husbands, enriches it (Sunday Herald) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A mesmerising story of family, legacy and turning back the tides, Rook beautifully evokes the shifting Sussex sands, and the rich seam of history lying just beneath them --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 July 2012
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Jane Rusbridge has followed her excellent debut novel: The Devil's Music with this exquisitely written and thoroughly enjoyable second novel 'Rook'.

Nora, a cellist, has returned to Creek House, her family home in Bosham, a beautiful village on the West Sussex coast, where she attempts to put incidents from her recent past behind her. Nora's mother, Ada, an emotionally fragile and somewhat embittered woman, is not entirely welcoming, and instead of giving her daughter the love and support she needs, she immerses herself in her own fragmented memories and imaginings of the past, as she wanders in her overgrown garden where the scent of her French cigarettes mingle with the enticing aromas of the sea.

With the need to put her past behind her, Nora fills her spare time by running along the creek paths leading to the sea with the sound of cello concertos reverberating in her mind, and by volunteering to help with village life. One day she finds a half-dead baby bird, and feeling a connection with the bird's injured state and needing a project, Nora immerses herself in nursing the young bird back to health. And while Nora is occupied with her injured bird, other events occur which provide further distractions when a film crew, headed by a rather charismatic documentary maker, arrives in the village to make a film about an eleventh century king who is believed to be buried under the floor of the parish church. Bosham, we discover, has important and fascinating associations with the past and, as tales of ancient battles, rivalries and burials are revealed, Nora and Ada find themselves confronting difficult issues from their own pasts that are very painful to deal with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Allan on 10 Oct 2012
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After the wonderful, The Devils Music, I couldn't wait to read ROOK, Jane Rusbridge' second novel. I preordered it from Amazon and cleared the decks for its arrival. When it did arrive I tore it from the parcel and found this beautiful book, the front cover has a picture of Nora, standing amongst a building of rooks. yes building, I looked it up. Anyway there are rooks in the air all around her. Nora has returned home to Creek House next to the village of Bosham, on the Sussex coast. Nora rescues an injured rook and nurses him back to heath, she names him Rook. Her mother Ada lives in the house and is a bitter old woman with a secret. Nora has been away from home. She is a gifted cellist and while at collage, then performing, has had an affair with her older and charismatic teacher. Nora has secrets too. There is so many wonderful layers to this book, from the opening scene of a mid eleventh century battlefield to the same ground in the twenty first century and Jonny, an outsider who wants to make a documentary about King Cnut and an attempted archaeological dig in the little church of Bosham. The characters are all fantastically written and the family story of Nora, her sister Flick, Felicity and their parents is wonderfully revealed as the the book reaches its end. This has been a hard review to write, no matter what I say about ROOK, it couldn't with my limited skill, do it Justis. I think Jan Rusbridge is something special and we may look back in years to come and realise this. I hope she writes many more books and gets the acclaim she deserves today.

Footnote. you can also have a parliment of rooks, I like building.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on 16 July 2014
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Rook explores some familiar themes such as love, adultery, motherhood and old age. But the book is not just another novel about the human condition. Rusbridge skilfully weaves multiple layers into a sumptuous narrative to create a truly original and bewitching story.

Nora, the central character, is a professional cellist who has moved back to her mother’s Sussex home after the breakdown of a relationship. Nora’s mother, Ada, is an absolutely fascinating and poignant character. It’s heartbreaking to read her attempts to recreate her youth as she succumbs to dementia.

Bosham, the coastal setting for the book, is rich in Saxon history. The locals’ attempt to piece together the ancient mysteries of the village (encouraged by a flashy young documentary maker) provides another compelling strand to the story.

There is music too – Nora’s affinity with the cello is particularly affecting – and, of course, there are birds. The Rook of the title is an injured fledgling which Nora rescues and nurses back to health.

I found some of the descriptive writing in Rook quite breathtaking. It’s a beautiful, melancholy read and I savoured every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. E. H on 9 Oct 2012
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I picked this novel up after reading a positive newspaper review. It will be one that stays with me for a while as I found I liked her atmospheric style of writing. She writes as if you were reading that particular character's thoughts, flickering from the past to the present, not chronologically. Very descriptive and interesting regarding Rooks and Saxon history - I feel I've learned something! I found the lack of understanding between mother and daughter very true to life. I've enjoyed discovering her characters, they felt very real to me. I will now read her first novel "The Devil's Music".
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