Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself.
But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all.
But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past.
She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arpege and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, 1 illustration
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/03/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552996198
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Review by riverwillow
This is an interesting, if slightly mad, book. The narrative shifts between, past, present, future and dreams as the mysteries which surrounds the narrator, Isobel Fairfax unfolds. There are strange, tragic, plot twists throughout the story. In the hands of a different this book would be a mess, but Atkinson's mastery as a writer binds all the elements of the story into a cohensive whole.
Review by Greatrakes
The Fairfaxes of the Forest of Lythe, owned the forest and now own Arden, a house at the end of Hawthorne Close. Aunt Vinny, Gordon the returned father with fat Debbie the step mother.Drops into the past with William Shakespeare and an elopement.