Fiction James Buchan Gate of Air

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Gate of Air

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Jim Smith, ousted from his computer software company, retreats to lick his wounds in an old house in a remote farming county in the West of England. Though he knows nothing of country life, he takes on livestock and crops, a dog and a labourer named John Walker of mysterious and independent habits. One night Jim dreams of a beautiful woman. The dream figure seems to correspond with a portrait on the wall of a neighbour's house, of a famous model of the 1960's, Jean Lampard, who vanished in 1967. At dinner with the local magnate and his wife, Jim sees a ghost. All the certainties and reassurances of modern life vanish, and Jim must deal with forces as old as his fields and woods.

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James Buchan is the author of several novels, including A Parish of Rich Women, which won the 1984 Whitbread Book of the Year award, and Heart's Journey in Winter which won the Guardian prize. He is also an outstanding literary critic and non-fiction writer. He is the grandson of John Buchan, the Scottish novelist.

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'Not only a brilliant study of rural decay and the tragedy of the commons, but also both an unsettling ghost story and a strangely moving romance, and it succeeds beautifully on all those levels' John Burnside, The Times. The Times Nobody - but nobody - tells a love story better - Paul Baily, Daily Telegraph. Daily Telegraph ...beguiling, poetic prose...a moving meditation on what it is to love - Daily Mail. Daily Mail 'A wayward and extraordinary ghost story which finds room for both a personal appearance by the goddess of love and a discourse on the political economy of the British countryside.' Evening Standard Books of the Year. Evening Standard 'Layers are peeled off the palimpsest of the English landscape, and of literature itself. the book's final paragraph is nothing short of magical. [Buchan] is a novelist who takes no literary convention for granted, and each book he writes is a discovery' Stephen Poole, Guardian. Guardian I don't believe this country has a better writer to offer than James Buchan - Michael Hofmann, London Review of Books. London Review of Books

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