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Peculiar Ground

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
In the 17th century, a wall is built around the deer park of a great house. Wychwood is a world in itself, its ornamental lakes and majestic avenues planned by Mr Norris, a master of the new art of landscaping. A world where, after decades of civil war, everyone has something to hide or something to fear, where dissidents hide in the forest and Londoners fleeing the plague are at the gate.

Three centuries later, one hot weekend, there is a house party at Wychwood. Over the course of the weekend another wall goes up, dividing Berlin. Erotic entanglements blur, with distant rumours of historic changes, and a little girl, Nell, observes all.

As Nell grows up, and as the Berlin Wall falls, the world splits again. There are TV cameras in the dining room, golf buggies in the park and a Great Storm brewing. A fatwa alerts Westerners to a new ideological fault line. A refugee from the new conflict, the one which is still tearing us apart, seeks safety in Wychwood.

From the author of The Pike, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award, comes a feast of a book. Peculiar Ground is a breathtakingly ambitious, beautifully written novel about young love and the pathos of aging, about gamekeepers and aristos, agitators and witches, about fantasies of magic and the reality of the land, and about frontiers and fortresses and secret gardens.

Full list of narrators includes Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Anna Bentinck, and Maggie Ollerenshaw.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"So clever and beautifully written, it gripped me from start to end. I abandoned work and family to finish it." - Roddy Doyle

"Unlike anything I’ve read. Haunting and huge, and funny and sensuous. It’s wonderful." - Tessa Hadley

"Immensely vivid, full of rich and deeply imagined life, and glowing with energy. Her Wychwood estate is utterly real, her characters entirely convincing, and the story moves with a masterful assurance." - Philip Pullman


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Title: Peculiar Ground: A Novel
Author(s): Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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January 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Peculiar Ground: A Novel
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Title: Peculiar Ground: Library Edition
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Title: Peculiar Ground: A Novel
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