Christopher Somerville

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (197 of 208)
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The Feathered Man by Jeremy de Quidt
The Feathered Man by Jeremy de Quidt
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark star, 11 Dec 2012
Anyone who read Jeremy de Quidt's first novel, The Toymaker, will know what not to expect from this darkest and most disturbing of children's authors - namely, a cuddly fable where good children win through with the help of an apple-cheeked farmer's wife, and everything turns out all right by bedtime. De Quidt's debut brought every Grimm Brothers shadow, every 'dread of the forest' archetype to bear in a wintry world where most adults were out to do the children down, if not actually to compass their deaths. And here in 'The Feathered Man' we are plunged into an equally claustrophobic setting, a foreign river port whose streets, buildings and characters bear suitably harsh Germanic… Read more
The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson
The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson
I have read all Patricia Ferguson's books, and The Midwife's Daughter represents this writer on her best form. She has made a brilliant blend of three subjects - one very popular theme (the First World War and its effects on individual survivors), and two virtually unexplored topics, namely racial integration in a remote corner of Britain in the early 20th century, and the often brutal and unjust elbowing-out of folk medicine by more modern methods. The central trio are Grace, the mixed-race child growing up in back-of-beyond Cornwall, her adoptive mother Violet, the community's careful and instinctive 'traditional midwife', and Violet's rather funky sister Bea. I was captivated by the… Read more
The Green Road Into The Trees by Hugh Thomson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thomson has a real facility for invoking the English landscape - its shapes, depths and humours. If you've already travelled the green roads and have felt their magnetism, or if you just have an urge to know more about the mysteries wrapped up in ancient lanes and holloways, here's the companion you need at your elbow.

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