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I must rate this as the best new novel by a new writer that I have read for some time - and was thrilled to find this after reading very positive reviews that I am in complete agreement that this is a remarkable work, remarkable for the precision and vitality of its perceptions and the successful intricacy of its prose. It is a novel that I think will easily stand a second reading later in the year or early next, on the basis of the beauty and depth of its descriptive passages - which fit extraordinarily well between the beams of John Clare and Alfred Lord Tennyson around which the narrative is built. A notable high point for me what the descriptions and passages of religious-mania found in the more unstable and unsavoury characters lodged away from the main house. Will send me back to Tennyson and exploring towards John Clare - the rural idyll seems to be a theme to which I am increasingly drawn in my now middle-age with yearnings towards Vaughn Williams and the Chants d'Auvergne. Principally, however, it is a real delight to find a new young English novelist to rave about - what a talent, what a prospect, what a pleasure.
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Can't recommend it highly enough. Anyone interested in altered states of mind will be fascinated . The writing skills are remarkable.