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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Tree of Life Publishing (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905806736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905806737
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norah Lofts (1904-1983) was one of the most beloved and best known of all historical novelists, famed for the authenticity of her writing. She taught English and history at a girls' school before turning to writing full time, and was the author of over fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE on 5 April 2004
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Norah Lofts was a natural-born storyteller, and nowhere is this more evident than in her Town House trilogy, which covers nearly 700 years in the history of one house in a Suffolk town (based on Bury St Edmunds). I've read so many historical saga's where the author makes heavy weather of history, and often sacrifices characters to the great events he/she is writing about. Lofts though tells her story in the first-person through the eyes of a diverse set of characters, five in all, and she is at ease in each one, and each has a fascinating tale to tell. Most of the book revolves around the life of Martin Reed, who, as a young man breaks away from serfdom when the lord of the manor forbids him to marry the girl he loves. With her he escapes to the market town of Baildon, and there endures many terrible hardships before a chance stroke of fate enables him to set up as a wool merchant. It is he who builds the Town House, or the House At Old Vine, as it is also known, and thus begins the long history of the house and its motley line of inhabitants.

This book roughly covers from the late 14th century to the 1440s, (the second two in the trilogy cover a couple of hundred years apiece),and each page brings vivid imagery of the late Medieval era to life. Lofts shows a deep understanding of life and all the diverse (and sometimes irrational) things which motivate people to act the way they do. She shows an era which was colourful, but intensely hard for most who lived it, and she never makes the fatal flaw of trying to put a modern-day slant on the way her characters think and behave. Lofts is a writer much-loved by her fans, and when you read the House trilogy you will see why.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Susan Edwards on 26 April 2009
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I am so pleased to see that Norah Loft's novel are being re-published. I have all of them, and many are in poor condition with being read so much. She writes a lot in the first person which I find gives the stories a very personal touch. Jassy was the first one that I read, and then the "House" trilogy. She makes her characters come alive, and her books are guaranteed to be very "can't put this book down"! I can honestly say that I would recommend her novels to anyone who enjoys historic fiction, but which also are full of reality and facts of the period. I have just had to replace "Pargeters" which was sadly her last novel. I wish I could thank her for all the pleasure she has given to me and many others over the years. (she has also written some factual books, and some "whodunnits" under the name of Peter Curtis.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Revill on 18 Jun. 2009
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My original copy of the Town House Trilogy is dog-eared from being read over and over again, it is so good, a really gripping read from cover to cover. Norah Lofts created magic with her writing,there is no clumsiness in her text. I am always carried off into another world by the images her writing creates. I am looking forward to reading this trilogy again soon. Try some of her books, you will love them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yollom on 20 July 2011
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Just getting to the end of The Town House on kindle and am immediately going to buy the rest of the trilogy. What a fantastic story with great attention to detail and historical fact.
Norah lofts is one of my favourite historical fiction writers.The Town House (Suffolk House Trilogy 1)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Danvers on 3 Oct. 2010
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Firstly, may I say that I put paragraph indents in this where they belong, but Amazon takes them out!

I can honestly say that I'm NOT a fan of historical fiction on the whole. I can also honestly say that I ADORE Norah Lofts' novels. I have all of them, except "Lovers all Untrue", and "The day of the Butterfly", which I disliked. I've read a Wayside Tavern at least once a year since I was 9 years old... I am now 37.
The Town House Trilogy is to the point, dramatic without being queasily histrionic and cheesily melodramatic, as so many other historic fiction is. You can really love and hate all these characters, because you can see yourself, and the people you know, in their motivations aspirations and disappointments. This is a great place to start reading Norah Lofts.
I love these because they are written in ENGLISH. So many novels puporting to be written in English, are not. They are WELL written. They leave out all the romantic fol-de-rol, except when it's germane to the story. YAY! I'm not the kind of woman who ever went for romantic, prettied up guff. Neither is Norah Lofts - she gets to the nitty gritty. The writing is punchy and moves right along without swathes of unecessary detail filling out a word quota. No Fluff here. ( BTW-TO ALL THE PUBLISHERS OUT THERE - we are well aware that you impose word quotas on certain big selling Authors - DON"T!!!! It makes for bad books and it shows!!! It's like big green mending patches on a red jacket. Not all readers are blindly uninformed, and have no idea about writing.)
It does help if you have a general understanding and knowledge of the events of history in Europe and Britain, although the stories are still fascinating if you don't - perhaps more so? Anyway, you don't really need to brush up on your history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bunnychick on 9 Sept. 2011
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Eight years ago I picked this up from my grandmother's book shelf expecting a light romance to help me get to sleep, but I was drawn into the story of Martin Reed from the first page and read for hours. It is one of the rare books that is as much a pleasure to reread as much as the first time that I was drawn in and I delight discovering details that I had over looked and thinking over the subtle clues that add to the tale.
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