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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