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Talk Of The Village


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Reissued in the new cover style alongside COUNTRY PASSIONS, new in paperback All Rebecca Shaw's backlist will be reissued in the new style in 2005 Rebecca Shaw's sales have been increasing with every book and she is now a SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Her previous novel sold over 100,000 copies in paperback Her paperback sales to date are in excess of half a million copies in the UK alone A dedicated Rebecca Shaw web site was launched in 2002 - www This has increased her readership even further All Rebecca Shaw's highly successful Turnham Malpas novels constantly reprint Rebecca Shaw writes 'winning novels of village life' (The Times) 'Fantastic - a slice of village life!' Prizes Galore 'Fans of Shaw's delightful Tales of Turnham Malpas series will love this latest slice of village life' Good Housekeeping 'Tender and funny' My Weekly 'If you enjoy stories about English villagers, do whatever you have to do, but get these books. Bliss!' Publishers Weekly.

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Educated at a co-educational Quaker boarding school Rebecca Shaw went on to qualify as a teacher of deaf children. After her marriage, she spent the ensuing years enjoying bringing up her family. The departure of the last of her four children to university gave her the time to write the many novels which have gained her a legion of loyal fans. She lives in Dorset.


Shaw returns to the English hamlet of Turnham Malpas, scene of The New Rector, for her second novel, charming and treacly by turns. Crammed hedge to herbaceous border with spinsters and retirees, the village (and the plot) is dominated by the Rectory. Colorful characters include rough-hewn Jimmy, a rabbit trapper; overbearing Lady Sheila Bissett, who is determined to arrange flowers for the church fete; and the almost identical Baxter twins, recluses who verge on the bizarre. Changes come slow and small, with a new health club providing much of the dramatic tension, and solutions to problems seem to fall from the sky. It's frequently hard to believe that these people are living in the 1990s, but scratch the surface and you'll find a sizable chunk of dirt below the charming bucolic facade. If this is the kind of cozy place where a single person might feel moved to explain the purchase of two slices of cheesecake, it's also the kind of place where a little ritual stoning might occur if residents feel sufficiently stirred. Unfortunately, all events are granted equivalent tonal weight here, with controversies over minor events humorously overstated, while a kidnapping and news of the Rector's previous adultery receive incidental shrift. (May)

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