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A moving tale of unlikely friendship and the beauty of nature, set in the wild wetland landscape of the English Fens during World War II

Perfect for fans of Atonement, this gorgeous coming of age explores the connection between Philip, a conscientious objector, and Freda, a young London evacuee housed by a cruel family

Freda is a twelve-year-old evacuee from East London, who has been sent away at the start of the war, leaving behind everything familiar to her, to escape the expected German bombing.

In her new temporary home in Lincolnshire, Freda finds herself billeted with a strange, cold and, ultimately, abusive couple, whose lives mirror the barren landscape in which they live a hand to mouth existence, based upon subsistence farming and poaching. There, deprived of any warmth, she meets a young man - Philip Rhayader -a conscientious objector who has left Oxford and his prospective vocation in the church following a nervous breakdown.

Together they explore the wild, beautiful landscape of the Wash, teeming with migrating birds, and nurse an injured goose back to health. As they do so, Philip introduces Freda to the wonders of the natural world and its enduring power to heal.

Sue Hubbard is an award-winning poet, novelist and freelance art critic. She has previously published in the UK three acclaimed novels and numerous collections of poetry, and was commissioned to create London's largest public art poem at Waterloo. Flatlands, her Pushkin Press U.S. debut, was loosely inspired by Paul Gallico's classsic wartime novella The Snow Goose, and will be followed by Girl in White, historical fiction about the artist Paula Modersohn-Becker.

ISBN: 9781911590842

ISBN-10: 9781911590842

Publisher: Pushkin Press

Publication Date: 06/13/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/13/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 272

Language: English


Fiction / Historical / World War II

Fiction / World Literature / England / 20th Century

Fiction / Nature & the Environment