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A funny and heartbreaking new book from one of Britain's favourite and bestselling writers.

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Louis de Berni res is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter.


A funny, astute and moving depiction of a charming vanished England -- Corrine Buxton * BBC Countryfile *
A delightful collection...exquisitely told -- Clare Colvin * Daily Mail *
Comic, benignly forgiving and shot through with threads of nostalgic regret * Independent *
A timely examination of the charming and, at time, heart-wrenchingly sad aspects of English village life...testament to the rude health of the author's own imagination -- Adam O'Riordan * Financial Times *
The creator of Captain Corelli is fond of an exotic setting and he has found one in his own backyard... The stories are sketches of lives that settle into the atmosphere of a place and make it unique -- Kate Saunders * The Times *

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