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    DescriptionIn J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter's depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.

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    A Month in the Country
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J L Carr, Introduction by Michael Holroyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 135
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    ISBN 13: 9780940322479
    ISBN 10: 0940322471

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    31 October 2000
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    New York, NY
    Author Information
    James Lloyd Carr was born in 1912 and attended the village school at Carlton Miniott in Yorkshire. A head teacher, publisher, and novelist, his books include "A Day in Summer" (1964); "A Season in Sinji" (1967); "The Harpole Report" (1972); "How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup" (1975); "A Month in the Country" (1980), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; "The Battle of Pollock's Crossing (1985)," also shortlisted for the the Booker Prize; "What Hetty Did"(1988); and "Harpole & Foxberrow General Publishers" (1992). He died in Northhamptonshire in 1994. Michael Holroyd is the author of acclaimed biographies of Lytton Strachey, Bernard Shaw, and Augustus John. He has also written a memoir, "Basil Street Blues." He lives in London with his wife, the writer Margaret Drabble.
    Review quote
    "Unlike anything else in modern English Literature." -- "The Spectator" "Carr's blessedly small tale of lost love is also a small hymn about art and the compensating joy of the artist, both in giving and receiving. It stays with us, too, and is oddly haunting." -- "The New Yorker" "Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past." -- Penelope Fitzgerald"The work is virtually perfect, and written with a great deal of liveliness and wit." --Michael Wood"A unique and special experience, a visit to a special time and place, deeply observed and portrayed in beautiful prose." -- "The Washington Post" "Carr's prose is spare, elegant and buoyed with wit; the idyllic countryside and its inhabitants are rendered in affectionate detail." -- "Publisher's Weekly" ""A Month in the Country."..is one of those perfect, precious novels that you want to loan to friends, buy all your relatives for Christmas and give to your latest paramour." -- Eve Claxton, "Time Out New York"