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The Standing Pool (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 04/06/2009
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Two Cambridge academics, the historians Nick and Sarah Mallinson, take a sabbatical with their three small and lively girls in a remote Languedoc farmhouse. But the farmhouse contains its own histories, far darker and murkier than the Mallinsons are used to dealing with. As the illusion of Eden retreats, the couple begin to feel the vulnerability of being among strangers...

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099503651
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


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"An intimate depiction of family life... Vivid and luminous" * Independent on Sunday *
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“The Standing Pool”

This is the story of the Mallinson family who have rented a farmhouse in the Languedoc region of France for six months from a distasteful couple in England. The house has passed through many hands and is now owned by... More

Paperback edition
13th April 2009
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“The Standing Pool”

An apparently innocuous tale of two middleclass academics who choose to take a six month sabbatical with their three young daughters in a remote Languedoc farmhouse in France. Nick and Sarah Mallison are model... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2009
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“The Standing Pool”

I had high hopes for The Standing Pool which, as the book progressed, were rather dashed to say the least. Academics Nick and Sarah Mallinson set off to the South of France for a sabbatical with their three... More

Paperback edition
5th April 2009
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