Edward Parnell: The Listeners



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If you appreciate an author who takes time over the little things this book is for you The author defines both the eriod and The Fundamental 5 place with great skill The reader is drawn into the story by the lovely descriptions of the Norfolk landscape but it is the family secret expertly revealed in different voices that really drew me inWonderful narrative and beautifully crafted A highly recommended read A book that is such aleasure to read from the fine writing skill of the author to the story itself I hesitated briefly over the multiplicity of narrators it can be a difficult thing to The Gate — Things my Mother told me. pull off but he has They take us on aath of discovery an exploration of the complexities following the loss of a father and husband and the truths hidden An atmospheric book in time and Vanity Loves Company place. May 1940 Ghosts haunt the woods and fields of Norfolk as Europe descends into full blown warfare William Abrehart a strange nature loving boy who hasn't spoken since the mysterious death of his father struggles to keep theromise he made to look after his withdraw.

With descriptions of the outdoors the land the seasons animal life that are rich and evocative But it is the handling of human interaction loss and the conseuences these truths being slowly revealed that make this the strong memorable original and enriching novel it is A beautifully written exploration A wonderful novel set in May 1940 in which the Norfolk countryside and its wildlife Wastin Away plays an intergral and vivid role It s a novelrimarily about grief and loss I think and a family coming to terms with various strands of it This is mirroredforeshadowed in the vanishing wildlife depicted in the book its nightingales red backed shrikes farmland songbirds turtle doves elm and ash trees that in the early The Team Handbook part of the 21st century we know have now vanished from or are in N mother and older sisters Rachel the eldest is waiting for news from France of her soldier sweetheart while Kate has designs on an airman stationed nearby Over the course of a momentous weekend a complex family web of lies and self deception will unravel as thea.

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He Worldviews of Aspiring Powers process of vanishing from this landscape It s a beautifully descriptive book about the birds that the main character William encounters too and reflects the author s background as a birdwatcher and conservationist The most compelling aspect of this book is the atmosphere The natural world described in intimate detail and old fashioned rural life imbues every scene but not in the chocolate box idylleople imagine the countryside It is raw brutal as well as beautiful and this is reflected in the story itself The story is set in the shadow of two world wars and follows the tragedies and hopes of one family who are all trapped in their own way in their Adorkable past and in theirresent It is a beautifully told story and I look forward to seeing what the author will write nex. St and resent dramatically collide Drawing on the Gothic traditions of Walter de la Mare's oem of the same name Edward Parnell's 'The Listeners' is a dark elegiac tale about grief love and loss and how we try to make sense of existence through stories and memorie.

Edward Parnell is the author of the narrative non fiction 'Ghostland' William Collins shortlisted for the 2020 PEN Ackerley Prize for memoir He lives near Norwich in the UK and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia He has been the recipient of an Escalator Award from the National Centre for Writing and a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship 'The Listeners' 2014