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Ike finding a featherless bird fallen out of its nest No one had ever bothered much about Desiree but now everyone is interested in her in what she saw in who the parents might be and why they'd dump a baby Even Bernie Capon her older brother's best friend wants to know what she thinks As years This is a beautiful book Literally The cover is a triumph Inside the words are eually elegant as we learn about life in rural Suffolk in the 1980s But this is not a romantic view of cosy cottages this is a tale with death and poverty and mental illness and deceit Beware the book has a high body count It also includes subjects such as nuclear power the use of pesticides on the land class conflict sibling rivalry all handled in a subtle and compelling way We are taken into the world of a young girl who has discovered a dead baby in one of the fields The mystery of who was the mother is the thread through the narrative but the plot encompasses much Once I had settled into the contemplative pace of the book the world set out before me was so clear so entwined that I couldn t stop reading A great literary thriller which deserves to do well

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Seldom Seen

Go by and everyone else moves on with their lives Desiree feels stuck unable to forget what she saw that day Somehow she owes it to the baby to solve the mystery But when she starts to make connections which bring the truth dangerously close to home it seems that some secrets are best left alone Seldom Seen is a little gem of a book set in rural Suffolk with a brief visit to Norfolk in the 1980s not far in time and place from where I was growing up just over the border in Essex so the book felt very familiar to me It tells the story of Desiree White an awkward teenager who hides in ditches and knows lots of secrets about her community She discovers a baby thrown in the ditch wrapped in newspaper which sets of a chain of events disrupting her her family and friends and her community It felt a very fresh original read and I loved the descriptions and the sense of unease at some of the things that happen in a small community My only problem which is a problem for me rather than the book is that I m so busy at the moment I haven t been able to read as much as I usually do and I think I would have engaged with the book a lot better had I been able to read at my normal pace Definitely a recommended read

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Desiree White was walking through the fields of winter wheat and oilseed rape when she saw itShe picked the newspaper bundle out of the ditch and took it to the phone boxAcross the baby's tiny body she could see a faint tattoo of Lady Di's face where some of the newsprint had rubbed off It was l I enjoyed this book because if felt like a fresh voice and fresh subject matter Gothic horror set in the country 14 year old main character dysfunctional family nosey neighbours feeling very claustrophobic despite lots of space and working class lives The main character Diseree named after the potatoes is an engaging character and you uickly engage and empathise with her in her isolated existence where she seems neglected yet strong and self sufficient She speaks about tough situations in a very matter of fact way and is accepting of those around her with their eccentricities You expect something bad to happen to her but because of her isolation and neglect and she has few options apart from working in the local shop but her resilience and solidness does her good The book is really a coming of age novel as she ends up looking after her mother and instigating a family reconciliation and there is a happy ending despite the tension Other subthemes of the story that I liked were how industrial farming and supermarkets are draining jobs for locals to do There was also a family looking for the country living ideal which left the mother isolated with her children and the father frustrated by the long commute and neighbours with chickens Also the rest of the community don t ever really accept the blow ins Other things I loved about the book were the lyrical descriptions of the countryside and even fields were named hence the title which described a field embedded between other fields Fields were locations of significant events in the characters lives


10 thoughts on “Seldom Seen

  1. says:

    Seldom Seen is a mix if genres; part crime fiction part coming of age story part magical realism and also a glimpse into the

  2. says:

    I enjoyed this book because if felt like a fresh voice and fresh subject matter Gothic horror set in the country 14 year old main character dysfunctional family nosey neighbours feeling very claustrophobic despite lots of space and working cla

  3. says:

    710I think I really connected with this book because it's set in rural rural RURAL Enligh sountryside and so am I I loved the ending and how everything tied together but I did find it slow at times I would say though that this is accurate to rural life so I guess good on you Sarah Ridgard

  4. says:

    This is a beautiful book Literally The cover is a triumph Inside the words are eually elegant as we learn about life in rural Suffolk in the 19

  5. says:

    Loved this book a real evocation of Suffolk

  6. says:

    Seldom Seen is set in a small Suffolk village and follows Desiree Smith and her family during the summer of the royal wedding in 1981 and also six years later when Desiree is a young woman of 21 It begins with a pivotal moment in De

  7. says:

    Seldom Seen is a little gem of a book set in rural Suffolk with a brief visit to Norfolk in the 1980s not far in time and place from where I was growing up just over the border in Essex so the book felt very familiar to me It tells the story o

  8. says:

    I think I read this novel too slowly so it fell a bit short of the pacing it deserved A nice sense of build up throughout o

  9. says:

    It's late at night and I have just finished this book after starting this morning It reminded me of Twin Peaks in many ways with its small town carry ons and ghostly undertones I loved the main character she showed beautifully how still rivers can run deep The depth with which the whole community was drawn is breath taking A beautiful and compelling read Totally recommend

  10. says:

    The woodcut style cover drew me to this book but what kept me reading was the story that was gradually revealed I particularly liked the lore o

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