Whitbread Prize Best First Novel
An eccentric woman in her 30s strikes a friendship with an adolescent boy in a small southern English town at the outbreak of World War II. The young man, who serves as the narrator, leaves to attend Oxford, while Kay, the woman, takes up with an American soldier. The patterns of life of the town and of the two friends are destroyed forever by the war, and Francis Wyndham's prose gives us a window into this time, and its demise. The novel is short and simple, yet filled with first-rate writing.
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Used availability for Francis Wyndham's The Other Garden
January 1987 : USA Hardback
March 1988 : UK Hardback
November 1990 : USA Paperback
July 1989 : UK Paperback