Amy and Lan
The Enchanting New Novel by the No. 1 Bestselling Author of The Outcast
by Sadie Jones
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Pub Date 7 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 6 Aug 2022
Random House UK, Vintage, Chatto & Windus
*Picked by the Guardian as a summer 2022 read*
'Fabulous: vivid and funny, sometimes heart-rendingly sad' Guardian
'No one conjures the magic of place like Sadie Jones... A beautiful, haunting novel about the limits of love and the loss of innocence' Clare Clark
'Enchanting, funny and layered in pathos... Sadie Jones' unusual take on the rural dream is a gift of a book' Sarah Langford
This is the story of how we came to Frith. And we're never, ever, ever leaving.'
Amy Connell and Lan Honey are having the best childhood, growing up on a West Country farm - three families, a couple of lodgers, goats, dogs and an orphaned calf called Gabriella Christmas.
The parents are best friends too. Originally from the city, they're learning about farming: growing their own vegetables, milking the goats, slaughtering chickens and scything the hay--
'Mind your eyes! Don't break your neck! Careful!'
The adults are far too busy to keep an eye on Amy and Lan, and Amy and Lan would never tell them about climbing on the high barn roof, or what happened with the axe that time, any more than their parents would tell them the things they get up to - adult things, like betrayal - that threaten to bring the whole fragile idyll tumbling down...
'A gently episodic and humorous tale whose sharp-eyed, effervescent child narrators entertain... Beguilingly readable' Daily Mail
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Really great book, could not put it down. Characters are compelling and the story draws you in from the first page.
Loved this read, very powerful.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me access an advance copy of this book in exchange for my feedback.
I absolutely adored this book, I loved that it was told from a child’s perspective, really gave it an edge. It just goes to show that children are more astute than we give them credit for.
5 of five stars
Total surprise of a book! Loved this novel and was completely gripped. I haven't read any other books by Sadie Jones but I had thought that they were previously packaged with a more mass-market angle whereas this book (and package) is literary and brilliant! It could have been written by Sarah Moss or Mellissa Harrison.
I loved the farmyard setting and coming-of-age plot. Plus the pace. The only negative was the backwards and forwards between families - it was hard to tell who was who at times but I think that was the point. Amy and Lan are so close growing up that it does become somewhat a blur. I was quite devastated by the ending but I think that's the point too!!! Brilliant and I hope this book does well.
This is one of my favourite books this year. I loved the story of these two children and their families living on a farm. I was caught up in the lives of them all and enjoyed the self sufficiency of the farm. I felt like I knew these people and the ending made me feel emotional.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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