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The Proof of Love Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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About the Author
CATHERINE HALL was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace (Portobello, 2008).
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Catherine Hall writes vividly and atmospherically about the Cumbrian landscape and of the harsh life of a sheep farmer and it was easy to become drawn into this involving and atmospheric story. The main protagonists are interesting characters (in fact I would have liked to have read more about Spencer's back story and I would also have liked to have read more about Dorothy, an elderly countrywoman living alone in a remote cottage, who was an intriguing character with a seemingly interesting past of which I would have liked to have learnt more) and, through the course of the novel, the author deftly and slowly builds the tension of her story until it reaches its upsetting and shocking climax. Overall, 'The Proof of Love' is a well-written and compelling novel, but I do have to confess that I wish Ms Hall had created a less depressing and unsettling ending for her story - but I cannot explain further without revealing spoilers. That said, this is a very good book with a superb sense of place, and it's one that I am still thinking about even though I have started reading something else.
Hall's elegant and spare style - she is not one for overblown metaphors or tricky literary devices - lets the story tell itself. And what a story, it is.
A fast read and an engaging one that surprises, delights and disturbs in equal measure.
Very much recommended.
76 was a truly memorable summer and Catherine Hall captures its heat rising day after day until it and her plot reach a crescendo. Brilliant Cambridge mathematician Spencer Little has come to the Cumbrian Fells to escape something unpleasant in his recent past. He's looking for work and finds a job as a farm hand and a bed in a shepherd's hut.
With a drunkard farmer and his angry brother, life is not easy for Spencer but Mary, the farmer's wife, and her daughter Alice are more sympathetic characters. I don't want to give away the plot by saying too much but each character is beautifully drawn; so too is the landscape which comes alive with the flora and fauna of Lakeland. The story moves along with pace and the novel has a fabulous feeling of place and time - although it's 1976, the tiny community (and to some extent Spencer) are living in the past.
This very unconventional love story is highly recommended.
Having being introduced to Catherine Hall I shall be following her past and future work.
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Set in the Lake District, in the summer of the great drought in 1976, it starts out as a gentle,...Read more