That Summer at Hill Farm

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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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"Thoroughly enjoyable first novel... Sparkling and witty, a treat"-- Bookseller

"Miranda France has minutely drawn a farming community, and a broken woman, with excellent skill. She is superb at plucking comedy from tragedy, as well as exhibiting a wry authorial narrative that must owe more than a little to Jane Austen. She manages to square this lightness of tone with a subtle tale full of secrecy, betrayal and fear that keeps you clinging on right to the very end"-- The List

"...the choreography of village life is beautifully rendered, the shifting inner lives of the characters are subtle and believable and the fresh, sometimes subversive observation is a delight."-- The Sunday Times

"Miranda France writes skillfully and with a wry touch... Hill Farm turns out to be a pleasure to read, tempting the reader to wolf it down in one sitting."-- Sunday Herald

"A convincing depiction of the way in which ordinary lives can be nudged towards quiet tragedy."-- Literary Review

"An arresting writer... France's account of village life conveys a genuine, smoldering anger, and she clearly knows what it feels like to be suffocated by the English countryside. Adultery, arson and assault- all come bursting out as expedient and increasingly desperate means of bucking bronca."-- The Guardian

"Hill Farm reads like The Archers written by Tolstoy... This debut novel from a well-known travel scribe twists coming-of-age drama with Karenina-esque sensual discovery, and perfectly captures the more Gothic aspects of country life."-- Daily Mail

"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 characterisation."-- Spectator

"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."-- Financial Times

"France writes superbly about the reality of living in the countryside - and the pitch-black ending chills the blood."-- Saga Magazine

"It's impossible to avoid comparisons with Stella Gibbons...But Miranda France's debut novel is set in modern-day Sussex and she has drawn on her farming roots to a paint a picture of bucolic pastures."-- Sussex Life

"Immensely clever unearthing of rural life and love."-- Sainsbury's Magazine

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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

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