The Farm at the Edge of the World

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What to expect

1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer’s daughter, Maggie, and against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war.

But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour – but has she left it too late?

2014, and Maggie’s granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn’t wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace?

This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt, regret and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the pain of coming of age. It’s about small lies and dark secrets. But above all it’s about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.

(P) 2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critics Review

  • [A] fabulous sense of place and a clever, compelling story

    Woman & Home
  • A beautifully evocative story of love, loss and forgiveness. You can taste, feel, see and hear Cornwall on every page as the characters pull you into their lives. Loved it.

    Liz Fenwick
  • You won’t want this one to end

    Marie Claire
  • Absolutely loved it. Very rare I sit and devour 220 pages in one afternoon.

    Nina Pottell
  • An evocative and page-turning story of love and heartbreak, written in beautiful and poignant prose that captivated me from first word to final page

    Katie Marsh
  • Heartbreaking

    Woman Magazine

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