The Farm at the Edge of the World, Paperback

The Farm at the Edge of the World Paperback


1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff.

There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and against shimmering barley fields and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences.

A small lie escalates out of all proportion. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to make amends - but has she left it too late? 2014, and Maggie's granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn't wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake.

Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace? This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the pain of coming of age.

It's about small lies and dark secrets; and how the need to love and be loved endures.

But above all it's about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.




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