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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349000018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349000015
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,449,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Darling's thoughtful second novel leads the reader into a terrain of trauma, beyond the urban world's amenities...Summer...stands as a deeply felt parable about children who fall outside the social net. (Stevie Davies Guardian)

Nature is always ready to turn nasty in Darling's twisted pastoral tale of two children stranded on a remote English farm after the death of their parents...As their grandfather sinks ever further into solitary nightmares of burning cattle, Grace and (especially) Billy run wild. Darling chronicles their slow descent towards a state of nature and their eventual rescue from it in exact and compellingly sensuous prose. (Sunday Times)

Summer is a magnificent and spellbinding novel; emotional, powerful, intense and undeniably stirring and deserves lavish acclaim. (Bord Gais Energy Bookclub)

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* An engrossing portrait of an extraordinary summer on a remote farm endured by two recently orphaned children - a stunning novel by a real talent

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I read Tom Darling's 'Summer' in a single day. I did not mean to but could not put it down. It has a strong narrative drive but but the action is small scale. In itself that is the appeal of the book. It deals with the interplay of life's opposites. The light and dust of the harvest are set against the dark and shade of the barn and the old farmhouse. The kindness of strangers balances the pportunistic or petty viciousness of others. Death provides the background against which the young Billy and his older sister cope with bereavement and move towards new life.

Tom Darling understands the sounds sights and smells of the countryside and his writing about it is brilliant without ever falling into sentimentality.

Above all I admired the structure of the book, For those who have had enough of the sprawling self indulgent blockbusters of the Jonathan Franzen school this is a very welcome approach. Much more like Justin Cartwright.

This is a highly accomplished work and also a very good read. I doubt if I will find another novel this good in 2012

William Barr
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Easily the best book I've read in the past year. I read it over the course of a few nights and couldn't get it out of my head in between.. Beautifully and sensitively written, there's a pervading sense of calm and silence, despite the chilling events. I loved the simplicity of the writing and have been recommending it to all of my friends.
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