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A sweeping novel about a great house and its family.
The Taverners had lived at Buscombe, the mellow stone manor house
in Wiltshire, for generations. They had farmed the land and sent
their sons to war (and even, latterly, to commerce) in a way of
life that seemed timeless. But in 1870 a new generation is about to
take control -- Tom Taverner, dedicated, impulsive, deeply caring
about his inheritance, and his sister Catherine, intelligent,
humorous, but frustrated by the limited opportunities open to women
in a man''s world. Tom marries, and agricultural depression hits
the estate. And suddenly it seems that everything which was so
secure can no longer hold.
Stretching in time from the 1870s to the outbreak of the second
world war, and in distance from Crete to East Africa, this warmly
satisfying novel is a triumph of storytelling.