The Gates

The Gates

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Once, the villagers would tip their hats respectfully when the McMahons drove out through the ornate iron gates at the end of the drive. But that was back in the days when the Major's family were prosperous. Now the estate is slipping into peaceful decay - and so, it seems, is the Major, its last occupant.
Then Minnie, the Major's rebellious niece, returns home. She disrupts his tranquillity, forming surprising friendships with the feckless Kelly family. For together, Minnie and Kevin Kelly have hatched a plan to raise badly needed money - a plan which involves the gates themselves...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 13mm | 134g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 0747259356
  • 9780747259350
  • 1,212,723

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An honest and shrewd writer...funny too * Sunday Telegraph * Assured, skilful, delicately comic and mutedly sad... a very good writer * The Sunday Times * Wonderful...funny and sad * Daily Express *
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About Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN.
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48 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 23% (11)
4 35% (17)
3 35% (17)
2 6% (3)
1 0% (0)
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