- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 24mm | 425g
- Publication date: 7 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1846272351
- ISBN 13: 9781846272356
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Sales rank: 674,109
'Who are you Spencer Little?Why are you here?' During the long hot summer of 1976, a brilliant young Cambridge mathematician arrives in a remote village in the Lake District and takes on a job as a farm labourer. Painfully awkward and shy, Spencer Little is viewed with suspicion by the community and his only real friendship is with scruffy, clever ten-year-old Alice. When he saves Alice from a wild-fire, the locals at last begin to accept him, but as he is drawn deeper into their lives, he also becomes aware of their secrets - and of the difficulty of keeping his own. As the heat-wave intensifies and the web of complicity tightens around him, it becomes clear that Spencer will eventually have to make a choice: between passion and logic, and between loyalty and truth...
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CATHERINE HALL was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace (Portobello, 2008).