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`One of the best novels of the year so far' The Times A SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR `Unlike anything I've read. Haunting and huge, and funny and sensuous. It's wonderful' Tessa Hadley `I just enjoyed it so very much' Philip Pullman It is the 17th century and a wall is being built around a great house. Wychwood is an enclosed world, its ornamental lakes and majestic avenues planned by Mr Norris, landscape-maker. A world where everyone has something to hide after decades of civil war, where dissidents shelter in the forest, lovers linger in secret gardens, and migrants, fleeing the plague, are turned away from the gate. Three centuries later, another wall goes up overnight, dividing Berlin, while at Wychwood, over one hot, languorous weekend, erotic entanglements are shadowed by news of historic change. A little girl, Nell, observes all. Nell grows up and Wychwood is invaded. There is a pop festival by the lake, a TV crew in the dining room and a Great Storm brewing. As the Berlin wall comes down, a fatwa signals a different ideological faultline and a refugee seeks safety in Wychwood. From the multi-award-winning author of The Pike comes a breathtakingly ambitious, beautiful and timely novel about game keepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats, about young love and the pathos of aging, and about how those who wall others out risk finding themselves walled in. show more

Book details

EAN

9780008126544

Classifications

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

496 pages

Weight(g)

352g

Dimensions(mm)

131 x 198 x 32

Publication date

2018-03-08

Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

EAN 9780008126544
Classification Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 496 pages
Weight(g) 352g
Dimensions(mm) 131 x 198 x 32
Publication date 2018-03-08
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United Kingdom
Language: English

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