Fiction Bestsellers – Countryside Tales
Nature has proved to be such a source of solace for many of us over the past year. With this in mind, here are three of our favourite novels set in the British countryside for readers to enjoy for the comfort of their own homes.
This book bundle comes beautifully wrapped at no additional charge. Unless you specify otherwise on purchase, all three books will be wrapped as one package in Christmas-themed paper.
- The Offing by Benjamin Myers
- A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
- All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison
The Offing by Benjamin Myers
One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay.
There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. Staying with Dulcie, Robert’s life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.
‘What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness … Gorgeous.’ Max Porter. ‘In writing The Offing, Myers has given us such a gorgeous, compassionate book, one that demonstrates the power of human connection in a damaged world. A beautiful novel imbued with great warmth, a generosity of spirit and a strong sense of place.’ Jacqui – Manager, Gerrards Cross
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting.
Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal and belief in the future. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place of blissful calm, untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the years. A sensitive portrayal of the healing process that took place in the aftermath of the First World War.
Winner of the Guardian Fiction prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. ‘Unlike anything else in modern English literature.’ D. J. Taylor. ‘Sheer perfection. A beautifully written novel imbued with a strong sense of longing, a nostalgia for an idyllic world.’ Jacqui – Manager, Gerrards Cross
All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison
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 isn’t 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.
‘As an evocation of place and a lost way of life, Harrison’s novel is astonishing, as potent and irresistible as a magic spell.’ The Guardian. ‘Impossible to forget’ The Times.
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