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A funny and heartbreaking new book from one of Britain's favourite and bestselling writers.

Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels, a retired general gives up wearing clothes altogether, a spiritualist lives in a cottage with the ghost of her husband, and people think it quite natural to confide in a spider that lives in a potting shed. Based on de Bernières’ recollections of the village he grew up in, Notwithstanding is a funny and moving depiction of a charming vanished England.

Reviews

Comic, benignly forgiving and shot through with threads of nostalgic regret

Independent

A timely examination of the charming and, at time, heart-wrenchingly sad aspects of English village life...testament to the rude health of the author's own imagination

Adam O'Riordan, Financial Times

The creator of Captain Corelli is fond of an exotic setting and he has found one in his own backyard... The stories are sketches of lives that settle into the atmosphere of a place and make it unique

Kate Saunders, The Times

Notwithstanding will sell, well, like a novel." "...collection whose stories are so closely linked that it can be marketed and...reviewed like a novel." "De Bernières has a big heart...

Patrick Gale, Independent

There is more sadness in Notwithstanding than its nostalgic, celebratory intentions would allow, and it is this which gives the book its light and shade ... De Bernieres' characters jolly themselves on through, but it is his insights in the realities of the lives, delivered with kindness and poignancy, which makes them more than caricatures

Susan Mansfield, Scotland on Sunday

In these stories de Bernieres casts a loveing eye on the world we have lost and invites you to share its intimacies

Allan Massie, Scotsman

The experience of reading this collection is rather like being wrapped in a tartan blanket and handed a nice mug of cocoa

Ian Sansom, The Guardian

These stories are charming

Alastair Mabbott, Sunday Herald

Meticulously done...genuinely poignant and funny

D J Taylor, The Spectator

De Bernieres rediscovers his charm... deliciously evocative of a world we have lost

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

It is the kind of collection that reminds us that we don't read enough short stories

Angus Clarke, The Times

There is no novelist who better understands the cqanince mindset than De Bernieres ... 'It's all quite charming

Guardian

Bernieres paints an affectionate picture of village life

Daily Express

Not just very funny, but makes you oddly proud to be British

Sally Cousins, Sunday Telegraph

Where do you begin with a book that is pretty much perfect of its kind - if indeed it has a 'kind'?...It is rich in human in rural rumness , often laugh out loud funny, but with a thread of deep nostalgia and regret running though it...I can't recommend this book warmly enough...you will not want to lend your copy to anyone because it will take its place on your bedside table for regular re-reading, as it is on mine.

Susan Hill, The Lady

The literary equivalent of comfort food

Sunday Herald

A delightful collection...exquisitely told

Clare Colvin, Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099542025

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409086703

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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