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‘This is the story of how we came to Frith. And we’re never, ever, ever leaving.’

Amy Connell and Lan Honey are having the best childhood, growing up on a West Country farm – three families, a couple of lodgers, goats, dogs and an orphaned calf called Gabriella Christmas.
The parents are best friends too. Originally from the city, they’re learning about farming: growing their own vegetables, milking the goats, slaughtering chickens and scything the hay –

‘Mind your eyes! Don’t break your neck! Careful!’

The adults are far too busy to keep an eye on Amy and Lan, and Amy and Lan would never tell them about climbing on the high barn roof, or what happened with the axe that time, any more than their parents would tell them the things they get up to – adult things, like betrayal – that threaten to bring the whole fragile idyll tumbling down.

© Sadie Jones 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Jones’s fictional landscape is jam-packed, abundant, and her smallholding as thick with intrigue as the Borgias’ court I don’t think I’ve read another recent novel that better captures the pure sugar-rush of childhood; the sense of a life so exhilarating and ecstatic that it is almost too much to bear

  • I loved Amy and Lan: the way parents mess up their children’s lives is heartbreaking yet beautifully conveyed. I’ve long been a Sadie Jones fan but this may be her best yet. Poignant, compelling and brilliant

    Mary Lawson, author of A TOWN CALLED SOLACE
  • Jones brilliantly ventriloquises Amy and her best friend Lan… She conveys their passionate attachment to the freedom of their unconventional upbringing and deep connection to nature

    Guardian, *Summer Reads of 2022*
  • Alive with the wonders of seasonal changes and the thrum of farm life, Amy and Lan will make you cry. Complex, beautifully written and true. I loved this book

    Monique Roffey, author of THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH
  • I couldn’t put it down. Amy and Lan is a love letter to nature, to the seasons, to the ideal of simple living with all its human complications. It’s a beautifully evoked story, full of empathy and hope

    Esther Freud, author of I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE

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