Summer Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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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)
* An engrossing portrait of an extraordinary summer on a remote farm endured by two recently orphaned children - a stunning novel by a real talentSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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