A haunting novel about art and its power to heal, J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.
'That night, for the first time during many months, I slept like the dead and, next morning, awoke very early.'
One summer, just after the Great War, Tom Birkin, a demobbed soldier, arrives in the village of Oxgodby. He has been invited to uncover and restore a medieval wall painting in the local church. At the same time, Charles Moon - a fellow damaged survivor of the war - has been asked to locate the grave of a village ancestor. As these two outsiders go about their work of recovery, they form a bond, but they also stir up long dormant passions within the village. What Berkin discovers here will stay with him for the rest of his life . . .
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J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country was first published in 1980. Tom Birkin, a damaged survivor of World War One, is spending the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting in the village church of Oxgodby. Joined by another veteran, employed to look for a grave outside the churchyard, he uncovers old secrets that bear on his experiences of conflict.About the Author:
J.L. Carr was born in Thirsk, Yorkshire, in 1912. For many years he was headmaster of a primary school in Kettering until he left in 1967 to set up a small publishing imprint called the Quince Tree Press and to write fiction - he published eight novels altogether including A Month in the Country (1980), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Battle of Pollock's Crossing (1985), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He died in 1994.
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Book Description Viking, 2014. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141046678