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'There is something reassuring yet deliciously unexpected about a Tessa Hadley novel.' - Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past -- their mother took them there when she left their father – but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don’t like her. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice’s ex-boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland’s teenage daughter. Fran’s children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it’s least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the oldest sister. A way of life – bourgeois, literate, ritualised – winds down to its inevitable end. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbed and enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work.
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    It was meant to be a summer holiday like in the days when they were kids. The sisters Harriet, Alice and Fran and their brother Roland have planned to gather in the family’s old cottage in the countryside. Fran brings her two small children, Ivy and Arthur, keen on exploring the surroundings and sneaking into everybody’s secrets; Alice has invited her partner’s son Kasim, already a student; Roland brings his new wife Pilar and his daughter Molly who normally lives with her mother; just Harriet is on her own. While the teenagers start discovering love, eyed by the young ones, the grown-ups face the other end of their love lives. Failed relationships and difficult family affairs keep them from enjoying their stay which will come to an end, and also marking the final point in their summers at the beloved cottage. Tessa Hadley creates a microcosm which could be everybody and everywhere. Those secrets, never told, hiding behind politeness, envy and disdain and yet, when needed the brothers and sisters are there nonetheless to support and help. She sketches the lost summers where you try to get back what you had as a child, although childhood itself had its own troubles, albeit sometimes hidden from the children or just not understood. A perfect story for the end of summer, where things come to an end, days become shorter and it is time to think over where you are and where you want to go.

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