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Summary

The farm sits with its back towards the Atlantic - a long stretch of granite hunkering down. For over 300 years it has stood here, steeped in the history and secrets of one family. A farm at the very edge of the world.

It's 1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in North Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and, against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943, something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on, Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour - but has she left it too late?

It's 2014, and Maggie's granddaughter, Lucy, flees to the childhood home she couldn't wait to leave 13 years earlier - marriage over, career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace?

This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt, regret and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children; and the pain of coming of age. It's about small lies and dark secrets. But above all it's about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.

©2016 Sarah Vaughan Limited (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Poor Ending

What made the experience of listening to The Farm at the Edge of the World the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed this book,But the ending for me spoils the book it does not fit and makes little sense

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Saga of a farming family

Good story, though would benefit from editing. Terrible narration with irritating voices for the dialog.

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  • Mel A
  • London, England
  • 20-03-17

Disappointing

Not engaging, the transitions in the 'Time' is not done as well as others using this idea. The implicit sexual content was NOT necessary for the storyline. I love historical & locatuon based novels, however I was very put out, having invested my time AND MONEY purchasing this... I wont make that mistake again on this Author.

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  • barbara
  • angmering, United Kingdom
  • 14-11-16

loved it

great narration.. clare is one of my favourites . Loved the book worth all 5 stars .

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