In a Land of Plenty by Tim Pears hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Doubleday, 1997, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: IN a small town somewhere in the heart of England, the aftermath of the Second World War brings change. For ambitious and expansive industrialist Charles Freeman, it offers new opportunities and marriage to Mary. He buys the big house on the hill to cement their union and to nail his aspirations to the future.
In quick succession, three sons and a daughter bring life to the big house and with it, the seeds of joy and tragedy: Simon, large and ebullient like his father, follows in his footsteps into the Business; James becomes a photographer and proceeds to document the town; Robert, wilful and self-assured, submerges himself in the darker side of life; and Alice, a dippy individualist succumbs to the efficient attentions of Harry Singh, grocers boy turned property entrepreneur. As his children grow up, Charless business expands in direct proportion to his girth and becomes synonymous with the towns prosperity as Britain claws its way from the grey austerity of the war years.
As times change, so do their fortunes, for better and for worse, ebbing and flowing with the years. Their stories create a generous epic, an extraordinarily rich and plangent hymn to the death and perhaps rebirth of middle England. At its heart is a diverse and persuasive cast of characters whose various attempts to break free are chronicled in an addictive and compelling narrative of power and resonance. Quite simply, In a Land of Plenty is the story of our lives.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result, split at the top corner of the upper panel. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
542 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…