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That Summer at Hill Farm by Miranda France

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Hill Farm is a rural idyll and the perfect retreat from urban life. Yet beneath the tranquil surface lie discontent, desire and death-watch beetles.

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That Summer at Hill Farm by Miranda France

Farmer Hayes loves the land - but hates farming. His neglected wife Isabel adores her three children, but is temperamentally unsuited to life as a wife and mother. The Smith sisters have not spoken to one another for forty years, farm-hand Mikey dabbles in pyromania, while neighbour Mr Payne has fled the city, only to find a greater threat to his karma in the hedgerows of Middle England. And after one incendiary summer, all of their lives will be different...It was originally published with the title Hill Farm .

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Beautifully rendered, the shifting inner lives of the characters are subtle and believable and the fresh, sometimes subversive observation is a delight -- Elizabeth Buchan * Sunday Times * Miranda France writes skillfully and with a wry touch... That Summer at Hill Farm is a pleasure to read, tempting the reader to wolf it down in one * Sunday Herald * An arresting writer...France's account of village life conveys a genuine, smoldering anger... Adultery, arson and assault - all come bursting out * Guardian * Pyromaniac labourers, feuding pensioners and adulterous housewives blot the landscape in Miranda France's entertaining novel, a sort of homage to Cold Comfort Farm, with a dash of Jilly Cooper and The Archers thrown in -- Adrian Turpin * Financial Times * With an incredible confidence for a debut novelist, Miranda France changes tack from rural romance to murder mystery...[she] writes with such assurance and humour that she carries us along...through the subtle underpinning of her characterization * Spectator *

About the Author

Miranda France grew up on a farm not unlike Hill Farm. She is the author of two highly acclaimed travel books, Bad Times in Buenos Aires and Don Quixote's Delusions but this is her first novel. She has won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She now lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

3rd May 2012


Miranda France

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


304 pages


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