All Among The Barley Melissa Harrison


A book which really is difficult to forget.

Set on a farm in 1930s Suffolk, this follows the rhythm of the seasons as an outsider from London arrives to document the fading rural traditions of the land. The legacy of the first World War is evident and for us the reader, so too are the gathering clouds of the second. Not only this but the growing discontent of the 30s – job losses due to mechanisation and increasing immigration – is very cleverly paralleled with our current social conversations.

Harrison is also a nature writer and this really shows in her beautiful depictions of the countryside.

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A masterpiece JON MCGREGOR Impossible to forget THE TIMES Astonishing GUARDIAN Startling FINANCIAL TIMES WINNER OF THE EU PRIZE FOR LITERATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR NEW STATESMAN, OBSERVER, IRISH TIMES, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE The fields were eternal, our life the only way of things, and I would do whatever was required of me to protect it. The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, though the Great War still casts a shadow over the cornfields of her beloved home, Wych Farm. When charismatic, outspoken Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to write about fading rural traditions, she takes an interest in fourteen-year-old Edie, showing her a kindness she has never known before. But the older woman isnt quite what she seems. As harvest time approaches and pressures mount on the whole community, Edie must find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.

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