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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Hensher Narrator: Carole Boy Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beginning in 1974 and ending with the fading of Thatcher's government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is Philip Hensher's epic portrait of an entire era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move.

Set in Sheffield, it charts the relationship between two families: Malcolm and Katherine Glover and their three children; and their neighbours the Sellers family, newly arrived from London so that Bernie can pursue his job with the Electricity Board. The day the Sellers move in there is a crisis across the road: Malcolm Glover has left home, convinced his wife is having an affair.

The consequences of this rupture will spread throughout the lives of both couples and their children, in particular 10-year-old Tim Glover, who never quite recovers from a moment of his mother's public cruelty and the amused taunting of 15-year-old Sandra Sellers, a childhood crises that will come to a head twenty years later.

In the background, England is changing: from a manufacturing and industrial based economy into a new world of shops, restaurants and service industries, a shift particularly marked in the north by the miners' strike of 1984, which has a dramatic impact on both families. Inspired by the expansive scale and webs of relationships of the great nineteenth-century Russian novels, 'The Northern Clemency' shows Philip Hensher to be one of our greatest chroniclers of English life. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joel Brown | 2/20/2014

    " I liked the broad view of the English suburbs, where problems are same and different as here. Not so sure about the last few sections, maybe should have stuck to his knitting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 2/13/2014

    " Longest book ever! It is unclear to me why this was voted one of Amazon's top books of 2008. 600 pages into this book, new characters were introduced. That's when I lost it. I do admit, the characters as a whole were interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/10/2014

    " Don't bother. Filled with excess puffery and colloquialisms of northern English life that were beyond my grasp. I gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/4/2014

    " Complex & sprawling. "

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