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An Inventory of Heaven

(2012)
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The few years Mavis Gaunt spent in the village of Shipleigh, Devon, as a wartime evacuee - away from London and her parents' loveless marriage - were sufficient for her to conceive of the place as a heavenly retreat. But it is not until her twenties, with nothing left to keep her in the city, that Mavis decides to head back. Frances, Tom and Robert Upcott are reclusive siblings from a local farm. When Mavis returns to the village, she and Frances strike up an unlikely friendship. As they grow closer, Mavis is drawn into the sequestered life of the farm and begins at last to enjoy a sense of belonging. But a tragic sequence of events one winter's day is set to turn her heaven into a living hell. Mavis is seventy when Eve and her young son Archie turn up unexpectedly in the village. The tentative friendship that develops between them prompts Mavis to put together a collection of memories and treasures: her inventory. In revealing the truth of what happened at the Upcott farm, she is able to answer Eve's questions about the past, and in summoning them, finally to lay her own ghosts to rest. Chilling and poignant, "An Inventory of Heaven" is a meditation on the things we hold onto in life and how, in the end, we can try to let them go.

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Praise for this book

"This is a unique voice." - Philip Hensher

"Jane Feaver is a supremely compelling chronicler of rural isolation." - Michael Morpurgo


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Hardback Editions

May 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-78033-000-6 / 978-1-78033-000-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : Canada Paperback
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-4596-7293-3 / 978-1-4596-7293-2 (Canada edition)
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-78033-875-9 / 978-1-78033-875-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: An Inventory Of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-4079-3647-6 / 978-1-4079-3647-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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January 2013 : UK Audio CD
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Title: An Inventory Of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-4079-3648-4 / 978-1-4079-3648-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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January 2013 : UK MP3 CD
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Title: An Inventory Of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
ISBN: 1-4079-3649-2 / 978-1-4079-3649-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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January 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: An Inventory of Heaven
Author(s): Jane Feaver
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK