The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig

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...Craig is too wily a novelist to settle for anything so tidy. This is a novel that pulls in all sorts of directions but keeps in sight that people are always capable of change.
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Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded. Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them. Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer's wife; and when Lottie's innocent teenage son Xan gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed for ever. Part black comedy, part psychological suspense, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage. Although it stands alone, it continues Amanda Craig's sequence of novels featuring inter-connected characters which illuminate aspects of contemporary life. It is the work of a writer at the height of her powers.
 

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Published June 15, 2017 by Little, Brown. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Gerard Woodward on Jun 17 2017

...Craig is too wily a novelist to settle for anything so tidy. This is a novel that pulls in all sorts of directions but keeps in sight that people are always capable of change.

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