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An Inventory of Heaven Audio Download – Unabridged

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Soundings
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Jan. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYHNK10
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is Jane Feaver's third book and her most accomplished, intelligent and sustained yet. In over 300 pages she creates increasingly vivid characters with an intimate, perceptive and compassionate understanding of their remoteness and sometimes physical isolation.

It's a serious, thoughtful book with many comic insights and a marvellous tightness and precision to her prose. She has a sharp eye for detail and there's a 'poetic' vividness to much of her writing which can be savoured for its rightness and originality.

This is a seriously good, satisfying, enjoyable read with a subtly developed narrative force - and best read in a few days with some concentration rather than bittily.

A triumph.
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Having loved Jane Feavers 'According to Ruth', I was curious to read her second novel 'An Inventory of Heaven'. I wasn't disappointed. The setting of this story is once again rural, but the protagonist is now an old lady, rather than the adolescent Ruth. These are refreshing heroines, who are flawed, not necessarily beautiful and posssibly, not even very nice.

Mavis's story gradually unfolds, moving between her childhood as a war time evacuee, living with an aunt in Devon and her return there as an adult. She carries a terrible secret that is challenged by the arrival of a single mother and her young son, Archie. Mavis's love for the boy is as touching as any more conventional love story, and the book wonderfully conveys the human yearning for love and acceptance.

Feavers language is fiercely poetic and original. Many images linger in my mind.She describes the end of a labour 'The crown of the baby's head was round as an eyeball, tight in its socket, but Joyce was there the moment it breached the muscle, popped out-as if for one terrible second it wasn't meant to-and behind it, a slimy rush of squid-like limbs.'

Jane Feaver is a great writer who deserves every recognition.
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I wouldn't normally choose this genre, but as I was attending a writing retreat where Jane Feaver would be presenting, I decided to give it a go.

Surprisingly (for me at least), I read through it in no time. Feaver's style is fluid and carries you along at effortless pace; her story enchanting and occasionally bleak, but never boring.

She was also an amazingly lovely person!
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Shipleigh, the location of Jane Feaver's latest novel, is a tiny village in Devon, somewhere between Exmoor and Dartmoor, buried so deeply in a sleepy valley that many do not even realize it exists. Living in an old cottage, inherited from her aunt, is Mavis Gaunt, an elderly lady who first visited Shipleigh when she was evacuated during the war. Mavis, the child of a difficult marriage, found a warm welcome at Shipleigh and when she reluctantly went back to her London home, she vowed to return to the village and its close-knit community one day. And Mavis did return to Shipleigh in 1961, and when shortly afterwards she inherited her aunt's cottage, she remained in the village and became intimate with the dysfunctional Upcott family: Robert, Frances and Tom. And as Mavis spent more time with the Upcotts, she became drawn into their lives and unwittingly involved in an incident which ended in tragedy.

In the present day, Mavis now in her seventies, finds her settled, orderly life is somewhat disrupted by the arrival of single mother, Eve, and her young son, Archie. Mavis soon discovers that Eve is the daughter of Beatrice, a very attractive young woman with whom Mavis was acquainted many years ago. When Eve begins to question Mavis about her mother, who is now no longer alive, Mavis finds herself confronting upsetting events from the past, events which she has tried, until now, to avoid examining too closely. But will Mavis, now she is travelling towards the end of her life, be able to face her painful memories and finally lay them to rest?

Lyrical, beautifully written and composed with perception and sensitivity, Jane Feaver's third book is a quiet and intimate meditation on the inner lives of the inhabitants of a rural community.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous novel. It made me laugh and cry. I loved the way it got into an old woman's mind as she tells her story. She's not an obvious heroine. But as her story emerges you realise that in a quiet way she is heroic. What really moved me is that she's a woman who never thought she amounted to much who finds a voice and, in the end, love. There are plenty of other things to enjoy in the novel: from vivid descriptions of the Devon countryside to sharply observed comic scenes of office life in London. At its heart is a tragedy that takes place on an isolated farm in the middle of winter. The writing here is so powerful and moving I was holding my breath as I read it.
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