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A Month in the Country

A Month in the Country

In the summer of 1920 two men meet in the quiet English countryside.  One is war survivor, living in a church, intent upon uncovering and restoring a historical wall-painting. The other, too, is a war survivor, camping in the next field in search of a lost grave.  And out of their physical meeting comes a deeper communion, with the landscape, with history; and a catching up of the old primeval rhythms of life - past and present - so cruelly disorientated by the Great War.

About the Author

J L Carr

J L Carr was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1912.  After teaching in Hampshire and Birmingham, interrupted by his service flying reconnaissance missions during the Second World War, he became headmaster of Highfields Primary School, Kettering, in 1951. In 1967, having already had two novels published, A Day in Summer and A Season in Sinji, Carr decided to leave teaching and devote his time to publishing and writing. His fifth novel, A Month in the Country, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and later won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was also made into a feature film. His sixth novel The Battle of Pollock’s Crossing was also short-listed for the Booker Prize.  J L Carr died aged 81 in February 1994.