Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves (Paperback)
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Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 01/02/2018
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**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2018**

'A surprisingly touching account of hidden lives forced out of the shadows' Sunday Times

One day in 1940 Rene Hargreaves walks out on her family and the city to take a position as a Land Girl at the remote Starlight farm. There she will live with and help lonely farmer Elsie Boston.

At first Elsie and Rene are unsure of one another - strangers from different worlds. But over time they each come to depend on the other. They become inseparable.

Until the day a visitor from Rene's past arrives and their careful, secluded life is thrown into confusion. Suddenly, all they have built together is threatened. What will they do to protect themselves? And are they prepared for the consequences?

'So lovely, gentle yet enthralling' Claire Fuller

'Quietly beautiful and brilliant. This is no bucolic idyll but an unfolding of a plot that constantly twists and turns and surprises. A truly wonderful, memorable novel' Judges of the Walter Scott Prize 2018

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241976098
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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A surprisingly touching account of hidden lives forced out of the shadows - Sunday Times

Part period piece, part courtroom drama, this is also a touching love story - Daily Mail

So lovely, gentle yet enthralling - Claire Fuller

Quietly gripping and intriguing - Elizabeth Buchan

Skilful, persuasive, thoroughly enjoyable, unexpected - Penelope Lively

A breathtaking debut - Prima

A vivid exploration of family secrets uncovered and the effects of trauma, as well as a war story about women doing whatever they had to do to survive - Irish Times

Astonishingly, this is Rachel Malik's debut, and her handling of the richness and simplicity of this story of farming life suggests that she is on the brink of a distinguished literary career - Judges of the Walter Scott Prize 2018

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“Tender and loving. A beautiful debut.”

This is the story of Rachel Malik’s own Grandmother, but told in a fictional novel that I found so tender and loving. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves is a remarkable debut from an author I am really looking forward to... More

Paperback edition
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“Works its magic on you slowly”

Elsie Boston is not keen on opening up her farm and her life to a stranger. But a Land Girl is coming to Starlight farm to help Elsie during the war. Little does Elsie realise that Rene Hargreaves will change her life... More

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What Cathy Read Next

“Moving, tender, engaging story of love and friendship”

The story is based on the life of Rachel Malik’s own grandmother but, as she states, the book is ‘a fiction and not a speculation and it should be read as such’. Initially, it took me a while to adapt to the rhythm of... More

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