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Tom Darling

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

* An engrossing portrait of an extraordinary summer on a remote farm endured by two recently orphaned children - a stunning novel by a real talent

They have lost everything but each other.When Grace Hooper, on the verge of womanhood, and her nine-year-old brother Billy are left orphaned by a freak accident at the beginning of a long, hot summer, they find themselves cast adrift from their old life and numb with grief. Sent to stay with their estranged grandfather on the remote farm where their mother grew up, there they must try and uncover a new understanding of the world and their place in it. But in the relentless heat and the unnatural calm of the near-deserted farm, nature itself soon becomes both enemy and ally - and as the bond between brother and sister disintegrates, Grace discovers that the farm hosts a tragic past and an uncertain future.At once disturbing and compelling, Summer is a beautifully written and deeply atmospheric exploration of loss and regeneration.

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Tom Darling

Tom Darling was born in Oxford in 1978. He has an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin , and is the author of the novel Glass People.

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