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2.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 5 2.74 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Hensher Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Christina | 2/4/2014

    " Complex & sprawling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 2/4/2014

    " Unfortunately, and I HATE when this happens -- I just couldnt' finish it....it was just wandering and really didn't have much to keep my attention. I kept thinking I should just try and get through it, but my list of others to read is so huge I don't want to waste any more time. Disappointing when this happens!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2014

    " oh boy...i really thought with all the crazy good reviews this got and entertainment weekly picking it as one of their top books for 2008, that it would be good BUT WOW it was so boring! 600 pages! it makes me think i am missing something... sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherril | 1/27/2014

    " Well written, I guess, but frankly tedious. I'm not learning enough, deeply enough, about the characters to get really engaged. Sacrilige: I may not even finish it... and it's a Booker prize finalist, so that pains me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/19/2014

    " life in a northern town or 30 years in sheffield "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vi | 12/26/2013

    " OK. Skimmed really. Too boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ohcarolina | 12/10/2013

    " Probably the worst book I ever remember reading....spent far too much time on this loser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnie Wilson | 12/9/2013

    " Going slow, but it's getting better. The kids are a bit outlandish... This is not a book that I would recommend especially to a person who doesn't have patience. The second part of the book is where things get better, the kids are grown up and so the drama begins. It's sad but entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 12/9/2013

    " Disappointing. Unsympathetic and unappealing characters, and far too many of them kept getting introduced pointlessly. Overall story non-existent. Smooth and well-written, but with no other redeeming features. I read this for the Booker longlist and feel it is undeserving of its shortlist spot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 11/10/2013

    " It was long, a good story, but I am doubtful it was worth the effort, lol! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 8/11/2013

    " Long but entertaining all the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisaj | 5/3/2013

    " Wow, I had a really hard time finishing this book. It is very well written but I just didn't really like any of the characters. Finally towards the end I began to enjoy the different story lines, but not enough to salvage the whole book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/27/2013

    " I liked the beginning of this book, but got less interested as time went on. It's 600 pages long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Pierson | 1/25/2013

    " A nice, thick, newsy book. I loved the setting and learned a lot about "regular" people in England, particularly the coal country around Sheffield. I'm on a British kick these days. V. interesting. The ending didn't tie up neatly--but, then again, I guess real life doesn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana | 10/14/2012

    " Started it in March. Couldn't get into it. Attempted again in July/August...renewed it 3 times and only made it to page 184 and read 2 books in the meantime. Blah...put me to sleep every time I picked it up. Finally, I decided enough is enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 linda | 9/24/2012

    " My first Philip Hensher read, beautifully written, loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/19/2012

    " This received harsh treatment at the hands of the Man Booker chat group and mainstream reviewers but I really liked it and it put Hensher on the map for me. Not profound perhaps but very well written and wise about relationships, family dynamics, etc. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 2/12/2012

    " This book goes nowhere. I don't understand the acclaim it's received. I think the author tries to be the British Jonathan Franzen. He fails miserably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 10/9/2011

    " There is plenty of character development. The characters are fairly ordinary folk. A very well written novel set in an English city through the 1970's to 1990's.i enjoyed the writing style and have bought a couple of Hensher books to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 10/6/2011

    " Very British. Very long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emeanley | 10/4/2011

    " I could NOT get through this book. It took me FOREVER. Painful. Too many characters. It was always jumping around, with no point. I thought maybe it was b/c I was reading it on my Amazon Kindle that I didn't connect with the text, but that was not it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 9/26/2011

    " A story of two English families and their trials and tribulations over a couple of decades. Loved the English colloquiallisms and manner of speaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 9/4/2011

    " Most books are predictable but this one had me in stitches. I'd rate this a 4.5, really, since it was some "work" to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacquelyn Warbiany | 6/18/2011

    " L O N G. FINALLY finished. Something made me push through to the end. Probably cause I think it was the brick that put me over on my luggage coming back to the States. (it's huge!). Anyway, defo could have left this one behind. It still confuses me a little as to why it was written. xx "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 4/7/2011

    " I could have gotten there in much fewer pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cath | 3/21/2011

    " Turgid trudge through the lives of a group of Sheffield families. Pointless and dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnie | 2/28/2011

    " Going slow, but it's getting better. The kids are a bit outlandish... This is not a book that I would recommend especially to a person who doesn't have patience. The second part of the book is where things get better, the kids are grown up and so the drama begins. It's sad but entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eb | 11/10/2010

    " 100 pages in, and I'm desperately in love with this novel.

    ** Finished a few days ago, and am in like. Every moment rings true, but the characters struck me as interchangeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/7/2010

    " Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, the novel presents a sweeping view of England at the time of Thatcher's rise. I found it less engaging than expected but liked some aspects. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lawrence | 9/28/2010

    " Just could not get into this book about snotty people in the suburbs and their nasty adolescent children. Probably did not give it enough of a chance. But just not interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dayna | 9/26/2010

    " Possibly the worst book I've ever read and the only book I have not been able to finish. Horrible Horrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernedette | 9/12/2010

    " I just kept waiting for it to get good, never did. It seemed like a corrections wanna be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 8/29/2010

    " although the last paragraph should have been cut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 8/27/2010

    " good stuff, but thought the ending was too abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merilee | 8/11/2010

    " Hensher's a really good writer and I'm looking forward to his Mulberry Empire and his book about Berg's opera, Lulu. This book is a big, rambling story of two families in 1970s and 80s Sheffield. That sounds deadly boring, but it's a far cry from that. "

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