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Peculiar Ground

(2017)
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Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
The Costa Award-winning author of The Pike makes her literary fiction debut with an extraordinary historical novel in the spirit of Wolf Hall and Atonement - a great English country house novel, spanning three centuries, that explores surprisingly timely themes of immigration and exclusion.

It is the 17th century, and a wall is being raised around Wychwood, transforming the great house and its park into a private realm of ornamental lakes, grandiose gardens, and majestic avenues designed by Mr. Norris, a visionary landscaper. In this enclosed world everyone has something to hide after decades of civil war. Dissenters shelter in the woods, lovers rendezvous in secret enclaves, and outsiders - migrants fleeing the plague - find no mercy.

Three centuries later, far away in Berlin, another wall is raised, while at Wychwood, an erotic entanglement over one sticky, languorous weekend in 1961 is overshadowed by news of historic change. Young Nell, whose father manages the estate, grows up amid dramatic upheavals as the great house is invaded: a pop festival by the lake, a television crew in the dining room, a Great Storm brewing. In 1989, as the Cold War peters out, a threat from a different kind of conflict reaches Wychwood's walls.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett conjures an intricately structured, captivating story that explores the lives of game keepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats; the exuberance of young love and the pathos of aging; and the way those who try to wall others out risk finding themselves walled in. With poignancy and grace, she illuminates a place where past and present are inextricably linked by stories, legends, and history - and by one patch of peculiar ground.

The full list of narrators includes Juanita McMahon, Lieghton Pugh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Noble, Jake Curran, Rachel Atkins, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Anna Bentinck, and Maggie Ollershaw.

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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January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Peculiar Ground: A Novel
Author(s): Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 0-06-268419-1 / 978-0-06-268419-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Peculiar Ground
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Title: Peculiar Ground
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Title: Peculiar Ground
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January 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Peculiar Ground
Author(s): Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 1-5384-8001-8 / 978-1-5384-8001-4
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January 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Peculiar Ground: Library Edition
Author(s): Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 1-5384-8000-X / 978-1-5384-8000-7
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Title: Peculiar Ground
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ISBN: 1-5384-8002-6 / 978-1-5384-8002-1
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Title: Peculiar Ground
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