Famously, Jane Austen created a fictional universe from 'three or four families in a country village'. In this remarkable first novel, James Fleming achieves something very similar: out of the relationships of two men and one woman in Derbyshire in 1788 he has created a fiction that bears comparison with the great novelists of the nineteenth century. Superficially, the plot is simple. Anthony Apreece covets the land of his young neighbour, Edward Horne. Edward covets Daisy, Anthony's wife. On such simple foundations, James Fleming builds a novel of extraordinary richness, at once a wholly convincing representation of an eighteenth-century world and an utterly modern dissection of two of mankind's most powerful passions: greed and love.
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Book Description Vintage. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 320 pages. Anthony Apreece covets the land of his young neighbour, Edward Horne. Edward covets Daisy, Anthony's wife. In this tale of greed and love, James Fleming has recreated 1788 country life in all its extraordinary richness, and a remarkable story that bears comparison with the great novels of the nineteenth century.'A beautifully written, highly accomplished first novel, his vigorous and poetic prose, flawless dialogue, rich and comical cast of characters and his exquisite observations of period detail make this a feast of a novel'MAIL ON SUNDAY. book. Bookseller Inventory # 467