The Folks That Live On The Hill

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Harry Caldecote is the most charming man you’ll ever meet, a convivial academic who devotes his life to others. He is on call when his alcoholic niece falls into strange hands, when his brother threatens to emulate Wordsworth, when his son’s lesbian lodger is beaten up by her girlfriend. He endures misplaced seductions, swindles and aggressive dogs just to keep the peace at the King’s pub in Shepherd’s Hill. But when the Adams’ Institute of Cultural and Commercial History in America offers him the opportunity to do ‘whatever he wanted to do’ in a picturesque lakeside town, he faces a choice between freedom or responsibility – and whether to take charge of his own life.

© Kingsley Amis 2012 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Like Waugh he is a consummate writer of sentences, a mordant practitioner of perfected English prose … Amis’s gift for outrage is as alert as ever

  • Sometimes sharply funny, sometimes bluntly genial, altogether the most successful book he has written for years

    Sunday Times

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