Rook (Paperback)
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Rook (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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Nora, a cellist, returns home to the Sussex coast with memories she must banish in order to survive: a charismatic teacher; a mistake she cannot unmake. Her mother Ada is waiting: a fragile, bitter woman who distils for herself a glamorous past as she smokes French cigarettes in her unkempt garden. A documentary maker has arrived in the village to shoot a film about King Cnut and his illegitimate daughter, whose body lies beneath the flagstones of Bosham church. As he digs up tales of ancient battles, Ada and Nora find themselves face to face with their own carefully buried secrets.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408831359
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 248 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Anglo-Saxon material is genuinely fascinating and the writing itself is really fine - often lush and ambitiously poetic, but always controlled -- Harry Ritchie * Daily Mail *
Intense, atmospheric and beautifully written * Joanna Briscoe, author of Sleep with Me *
Rusbridge's sympathetic and respectful handling of a sensitive issue conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages * Times Literary Supplement *
Beautifully describes the landscape of the Sussex coast, echoing with battles, buried bodies and Nora the protagonist's running shoes as she finds her own way of working through the knots of her life and those close to her -- Readers' Books of the Year * Guardian *
An emotional tale of family, forgotten history and loyalty * Psychologies *
What a good novelist Jane Rusbridge is! I love the way she combines dexterous storytelling with deliciously descriptive, poetic prose. The people, the landscape they inhabit, even the birds in the air, are all vividly rendered in this mesmerising and multilayered story * Marika Cobbold, author of Guppies for Tea *

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“Allow yourself to take flight with Rook”

Jane Rusbridge's second novel, Rook, is quite simply stunning. The novel drops you into the deep and muddy depths and allows you to explore the characters' like hidden artefacts with the changing perspective... More

Paperback edition
2nd August 2012
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“Rook”

I only managed to read a few chapters of Rook as the story felt very disjointed and I felt somewhat uneasy as I read. I wasn't sure who the characters were in relation to one another and I didn't enjoy what... More

Paperback edition
2nd August 2012
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“Excellent writing but hard going.”

This has so many of the right ingredients for a great book - evocative descriptions of landscape and nature, very atmospheric, the stories of Canute and Harold cleverly woven in to the modern story - and yet it just... More

Paperback edition
4th July 2012
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