A Bit of Earth

A Bit of Earth


By (author) Rebecca Smith

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747585881
  • ISBN 13: 9780747585886
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,071,152

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Susannah Misselthwaite was gazing up at the brightness of the blue sky when the deer leapt in front of the car. She never knew what happened. Her husband Guy, Professor of Botany, hides from his grief in his greenhouse - without Susannah, everything is lost. Meanwhile, little Felix pores over photographs of his mother who is slipping from his memory more each day. Happiest sitting in the branches of a tree in the university's botanical garden, away from the emptiness of home, he presides over the dreams and dramas of those who pass beneath him. Teachers and students, young and old, happy, sad, or filled with longing, all find sanctuary and space for contemplation in this few square feet of soil.

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Author information

Rebecca Smith is the author of two other novels, The Bluebird Cafe and Happy Birthday and All That. Born in London, she lives in Southampton.

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'She's the perfect English miniaturist' Barbara Trapido 'I loved it and let her eye for detail lead me through her delightful world ... Truly touching, believable and gently compelling - I was sorry when I'd finished it' Mavis Cheek 'I did enjoy it ... She's the perfect antidote to all the heavy/miserable/pedantic/too-clever-for-their-own-good novelists whose works I may admire but whose novels I finish thinking thank God I'm done. I do so love her sense of humour' Margaret Forster 'A thoroughly charming, original and hugely readable novel' Nina Bawden