That Summer at Hill Farm by Miranda France

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It was the summer that everything changed... A sparkling, witty debut, perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson, Stella Gibbons and Joanna Trollope.
To the casual outsider, 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.
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.

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Published May 9, 2011 by Chatto & Windus. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Paynes live in a cottage on the farm, wedded to the idea that they live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and impervious to the realities of the farming community.

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