Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...
©1994 Hilary Mantel (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
After thoroughly enjoying both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" I was impatient for the publication of the promised sequel. In the meantime, I thought I would try Hilary Mantel's other works and started with "A Change in Climate".
I was not disappointed at all. This novel is as acutely observed as both of her prize winners. Mantel has captured an era and locations exquisitely. This haunting tale unfolds slowly and perfectly as does her insight into her characters and their development. They live on with me and I find myself wondering how they are getting on (daft I know, but this phenomenon often marks the quality of fictional characters who have really lived for me whilst I was reading or, in this case, listening).
I'm looking forward to meeting and gradually getting to know more people in other Hilary Mantel novels.
When you read the synopsis of this book, you think "Oh we'll, i'll give it a try!
It turns out as a stunning read so well written by Hilary Mantel and you find that although the synopsis is accurate, it is also simplified. The story comes to a very unexpected end. Read it, it is so good!
I found it difficult to get into this book for most of the first part. Every time I thought I had the characters worked out I would come back to it after a break and then wonder again what or who it was talking about! I really had to concentrate on every detail!
However, I am glad I stayed with it because when I got the hang of the flash-backs to Africa from Norfolk and the various family characters of two generations fell into place it was an extremely good story of family secrets and the change these made on the characters as they develop their lives and get older.
No happy endings and conclusion a little open-ended but personally I would rather have that kind of reality!
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