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Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...
©1994 Hilary Mantel (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
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By linda on 12-24-12

A haunting tale acutely observed

After thoroughly enjoying both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" I was impatient for the publication of the promised sequel. In the meantime, I thought I would try Hilary Mantel's other works and started with "A Change in Climate".



I was not disappointed at all. This novel is as acutely observed as both of her prize winners. Mantel has captured an era and locations exquisitely. This haunting tale unfolds slowly and perfectly as does her insight into her characters and their development. They live on with me and I find myself wondering how they are getting on (daft I know, but this phenomenon often marks the quality of fictional characters who have really lived for me whilst I was reading or, in this case, listening).



I'm looking forward to meeting and gradually getting to know more people in other Hilary Mantel novels.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-23-12

A change of climate

When you read the synopsis of this book, you think "Oh we'll, i'll give it a try!

It turns out as a stunning read so well written by Hilary Mantel and you find that although the synopsis is accurate, it is also simplified. The story comes to a very unexpected end. Read it, it is so good!

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By Denny R. on 06-02-17

Brittle, charmless story

I adore a number of Hilary Mantel's books - Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, A Place of Greater Safety and her enchanting memoir Giving Up the Ghost - but some are like sucking lemons. A Change of Climate is one. The brisk remote tone and the story itself I found alienating and tiresome. There was nothing that persuaded me to keep with it: no fascinating, well developed characters, no intimacy. Brittle and dull.

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