By Amanda Craig
'I enjoyed the The Lie of the Land. A panoramic, superbly-plotted novel about the methods we are living now, approximately funds and hope, cruelty and generosity, crime and vengeance, nation and town. Craig is on the most sensible of her game' Helen Dunmore
Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many smooth undefined, cannot have the funds for to divorce. Having misplaced their jobs within the recession, they cannot come up with the money for to move on dwelling in London; as a substitute, they need to downsize and circulation their 3 teenagers to a home in a distant a part of Devon. conceited and adulterous, Quentin cannot comprehend why Lottie is so offended; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to were intolerably wounded.
Mud, mice and quarrels are something - yet why is their hire so low? what's the secret surrounding their unappealing new domestic? the great thing about the panorama is ravishing, but it conceals a depressing aspect concerning poverty, revenge, abuse and violence on the way to get up to threaten them.
Sally Verity, fortunately married yet unhappily childless understands a distinct facet to kingdom lifestyles, as either a future health customer and a sheep farmer's spouse; and whilst Lottie's blameless teenage son Xan will get a zero-hours agreement at an area pie manufacturing facility, he sees another. on the finish in their yr, the lives of all could be replaced for ever.
A suspenseful black comedy, this can be a wealthy, compassionate and enchanting novel in its depiction of the English geographical region, and the possibly deadly interaction among cash and marriage.
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