The Northern Clemency (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Oct 22, 2008 - Fiction - 512 pages
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In 1974, the Sellers family is transplanted from London to Sheffield in northern England. On the day they move in, the Glover household across the street is in upheaval: convinced that his wife is having an affair, Malcolm Glover has suddenly disappeared. The reverberations of this rupture will echo through the years to come as the connection between the families deepens. But it will be the particular crises of ten-year-old Tim Glover—set off by two seemingly inconsequential but ultimately indelible acts of cruelty—that will erupt, full-blown, two decades later in a shocking conclusion.
 
Expansive and deeply felt, The Northern Clemency shows Philip Hensher to be one of our most masterly chroniclers of modern life, and a storyteller of virtuosic gifts.


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User Review  - lizchris - LibraryThing

This begins in 1970s suburban Sheffield, the story of two families spanning two decades. The lives feel ordinary to start with. Small events - a teenage girl's flirtation with a removal man, a mother ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Quite clearly, without let or hindrance, without mitigation or qualification, this was the worst novel I have read this year. Reading this book was like being water-boarded, just without the fun bits. Read full review

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Philip Hensher’s novels include Kitchen Venom, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and The Mulberry Empire, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Chosen by Granta as one of its best young British novelists, he is professor of creative writing at Exeter University and a columnist for The Independent. He lives in London.


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