All Among the Barley
One of the standout novels of the autumn, from Costa-shortlisted and Baileys-longlisted Melissa Harrison. Set on a Suffolk farm between the wars, it introduces a girl on the cusp of adulthood and explores the dangers of nostalgia'A masterpiece' Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, although the Great War still casts its shadow over the fields and villages around her beloved home, Wych Farm. Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading rural traditions and beliefs. For Edie, who must soon face the unsettling pressures of adulthood, the glamorous and worldly outsider appears to be a godsend. But there is more to the older woman than meets the eye. As harvest time approaches and pressures mount on the entire community, Edie must find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.