The Lake District of 1976 and a highly conservative tightly knit
farming community are the back drop for this beautifully written slow
burning novel. Catherine Hall’s writing has been compared to Sarah
Waters and Daphne Du Maurier and its inclusion in Fiction Uncovered
will undoubtedly bring her to the attention of a larger audience.
Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘Hall conjures the
parched heat of the summer of 1976 as a young Cambridge mathematician
finds light and shade in the Cumbrian hills.’
By the time the summer holidays begin, Spencer Little is keen to put the events of the past term at Cambridge behind him and a remote village in the Lake District seems to offer the perfect escape. But it's not so easy to remain anonymous in a small community and, after striking up a friendship with ten year old Alice, Spencer also finds himself being drawn into other people's lives. As the summer heatwave intensifies and a web of complicity tightens around him, Spencer realizes that he will eventually be forced to choose between loyalty and truth, between logic and passion.
About the Author
Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace (Portobello, 2008).
JRR Tolkien died 1973. He was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language 1925-1945, during which time he completed and published The Hobbit (1937). The three volumes of Lord of the Rings were published 1954-55. Read books by J R R Tolkien