The Orchard on Fire - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)Shena Mackay (author)
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'What made the orchard miraculous was an abandoned railway carriage, set down as if by magic, its wheels gone, anchored by long grass and nettles. Ruby and I stared at it and each other . . . dark-windowed, out of place in a thicket of thorns, it was the perfect hide-out, house, the camp of our dreams'
When April's parents move from London to rural Kent she makes her first best friend. With flame-haired, fearless Ruby, April shares secrets, dares and laughter. But Ruby has secrets of her own -bruises that she hides.
Also seeking April's friendship is old Mr Greenidge, immaculate in his linen suit, with eyes like blue glass. He follows her around the village with his beguiling dachshund, and wants to learn everything about her.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 188 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 24 mm
Shena Mackay has brought off something quite rare ... the author has set out a rite of passage which will leave few readers unaffected -- Anita Brookner * Spectator *
Totally authentic, agonisingly nostalgic, this poignant everyday story of Fifties folk has the power to lay bare everyone's susceptibility to the ghosts that forever teem around the scenes of our childhood -- Val Hennessy * Daily Mail *
Shena Mackay is a writer in prime: at the height of her powers ... Her prose is flawlessly seductive and comic, confidently witty and sensual -- Julie Myerson * Independent on Sunday *
An eloquent, beautifully written, unpretentious novel about a Fifties childhood . . . Mackay moved this reader to tears, not from grief but from joy. Now there's a skill -- Fay Weldon * Mail on Sunday *
A celebration of childhood as well as a mourning for the loss of innocence . . . a bitter-sweet, gentle novel, not given to grandstanding or preaching, but shot through with humour and compassion. Her writing brilliantly captures the spirit of the place, where every present sensation has ghostly overtones that make the experience all the more sad and lovely * Times Literary Supplement *
So touched with magic, so achingly sad and funny that my breath was taken away . . . wonderful -- Elizabeth Buchan * The Times *
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“The Orchard on Fire”
An emotional little story, worth a read.
Shena Mackay has a real effortless talent for writing. Her books are vivid yet delicate evocations of place and character. There is a melancholia that hovers over many of her stories and this one is no exception.... More
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