Recommended by Heywood Hill Reader Caroline Jackson:
"Proof of Mark Twain’s observation that history doesn’t necessarily repeat but it invariably rhymes, Lucy Hughes Hallett’s first fiction is as ambitious as it’s immersive. The central character, a beguilingly attractive Oxfordshire estate, stands both as refuge and prison to successive generations at all levels of the social divide. Ranging from the Civil War to the Cold War, this is a polished and purposeful rendition of the country house novel that speaks volumes to our current age."
Caroline Jackson is a freelance writer and reviewer. She lives in Cambridge.