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Pastures New

(1994)
(The first book in the Round Ringford series)
A novel by

 
 
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Bringing the requisite wit and compassion to her attempt to walk in the footsteps of the venerable, pseudonymous ''Miss Read,'' first-time novelist Purser creates an amiable, delightfully gossipy novel set in a quaint English village. A few up-to-date touches (relatively unblinking looks at adultery and mental illness, for instance) place the story firmly in the present day without diminishing its cozy charm. When her husband, Frank, loses his job, resourceful Peggy Palmer suggests that they use Frank's severance pay to buy a village shop in a small town. Half a year later, the Palmers-both in their mid-50s-leave their suburban home in Coventry to run Round Ringford's village store and post office. Their new circle of acquaintances soon includes such neatly drawn characters as crabby, unwelcoming Ivy Beasley; Sheila Pearson, the feisty District Councillor whose proposed housing development creates dissension in the village; and Susan Standing, the miserable but arrogant wife of the local Lord of the Manor. For Peggy, the most important new relationship is her burgeoning friendship with Bill Turner, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her feelings for Bill take on an altered significance when tragedy occurs, forcing Peggy to make many important decisions. Numerous subplots convey the vitality and complexity of village life, and an upbeat, satisfyingly romantic conclusion-complete with sequel-inspiring cliffhanger-will leave readers eager for further installments.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: Pastures New
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 1-85797-059-4 / 978-1-85797-059-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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January 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Pastures New (Windsor Selections S.)
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 0-7451-7774-3 / 978-0-7451-7774-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pastures New (Round Ringford)
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 1-5346-9881-7 / 978-1-5346-9881-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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October 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Pastures New
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 1-84429-068-9 / 978-1-84429-068-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Knight
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March 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pastures New
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 0-7528-0953-9 / 978-0-7528-0953-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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April 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pastures New
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 0-7862-0666-7 / 978-0-7862-0666-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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March 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: PASTURES NEW.
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 1-85797-802-1 / 978-1-85797-802-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Audio Editions

February 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Pastures New: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Ann Purser
ISBN: 0-7451-6616-4 / 978-0-7451-6616-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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