On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence. A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered forever.
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by Elizabeth Beacon
by Liz Harris
by Santa Montefiore
by Jon McGregor
by Penny Jordan
by Michelle Reid
by Annie Burrows
by Jon Katz
by Emma Donoghue
by Sharon Kendrick
"Set in the North Country, this debut novel continues the glum genre of British working-class fiction. Here we get a whole city block of plain folk of varying backgrounds and worldviews. All are described in the third person, except for a young woman who, unmarried and pregnant, tells her own story. We begin with a horrific event and a flashback to the events of the day that preceded it. The romanticized characters are vivified by the acutely expressive and poetic interpretation of Jilly Bond. She takes her cue from the words of one of the characters, who asks, "If nobody speaks of remarkable things, how will anyone know they're remarkable?" Bond makes the small lives she limns sound remarkable, as they would seem to a child experiencing them for the first time. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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