The Dangerous Edge Of Things

The Dangerous Edge Of Things

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Set in 1949: one year in the childhood of Candida Lycett Green in the remote village of Farnborough in Berkshire. Here she lives with her father John Betjeman and her mother Penelope Chetwode, in one of the bleakest and highest spots on the windswept downland. Candida runs wild with the 'gang' of village children. Stimulated by regular excursions to the cinema in Wantage, Candida and her best friend June became fascinated by the idea of love. Their romantic imagination is fuelled by the beautiful Ruby Mason, who cleans the cottage of a reclusive scientist, Dr. Fox, employed at the neighbouring Harwell Atomic Research Centre. They stealthily engineer a romance between the two - until it is revealed that none of the children's special adult friends are what they seem, and the real world shockingly intervenes to overturn their innocence.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 15mm | 280g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • 0552771953
  • 9780552771955
  • 586,455

About Candida Lycett Green

Candida Lycett Green is the author of over a dozen books including English Cottages, Goodbye London, The Garden at Highgrove (with the Prince of Wales), The Perfect English House and Over the Hills and Far Away. She has also edited and introduced her father John Betjeman's letters and prose to critical acclaim. She writes a regular column for the Oldie. She has five children and eight grandchildren and lives with her husband Rupert in Oxfordshire.show more

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"Evokes the world of her childhood with exceptional clarity, tenderness and precision." Sunday Telegraph "A sort of Cider with Rosie ... her writing oozes nostalgia, affection and a passion for the English countryside." Daily Mail "Without the slightest sentimentality, this magical book describes what was lost: a closeness to the natural world, a life tied to the seasons, and memories of incredible richness and texture." Evening Standard "Enchanting memoir ... Lycett Green makes the beautiful countryside throughout the seasons as real as the robust villagers." Sunday Times "Executed with accomplishment and brio. Lycett Green may be practised, but there's a delightful freshness here, along with humour, empathy and an unexpected sense of menace." Daily Telegraphshow more

Review Text

"Evokes the world of her childhood with exceptional clarity, tenderness and precision."show more

Back cover copy

1949: one year in the childhood of Candida Lycett Green in the remote village of Farnborough in Berkshire. Here she lives with her father John Betjeman and her mother Penelope Chetwode, in one of the bleakest and highest spots on the windswept downland.Candida runs wild with the 'gang' of village children. Stimulated by regular excursions to the cinema in Wantage, Candida and her best friend June became fascinated by the idea of love. Their romantic imagination is fuelled by the beautiful Ruby Mason, who cleans the cottage of a reclusive scientist, Dr Fox, employed at the neighbouring Harwell Atomic Research Centre. They stealthily engineer a romance between the two - until it is revealed that none of the children's special adult friends are what they seem, and the real world shockingly intervenes to overturn their innocence.show more

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