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  • Published: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448112425
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Orchard on Fire


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'So touched with magic, so achingly sad and funny that my breath was taken away... Wonderful' The Times

When Percy and Betty Harlency abandon their seedy Streatham pub, for the Copper Kettle Tearoom in Kent, life for their daughter April changes dramatically. She is befriended by the wonderfully dangerous Ruby, whose red hair and brutal home life emphasise her love of fire, and by the immaculately dressed Mr Greenridge who likes to follow her around the village. Mingling the innocent with the sinister and laced with the tragic and the bizarre, this is a rare evocation of a 1950s childhood.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448112425
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Shena Mackay

Shena Mackay is the author of novellas, collections of short stories and several novels. Heligoland was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

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Praise for The Orchard on Fire

“A harvest festival of sensuous detail, intimate, rich... Compulsively readable”

Daily Telegraph

“Mackay moved this reader to tears, not from grief, but from joy. Now there's a skill”

Fay Weldon, Mail on Sunday

“An extremely beautiful and funny novel... The Orchard on Fire is probably Mackay's most perfect book, produced with a technical adroitness and shapeliness which one can only envy”

Philip Hensher, Guardian

“Shena Mackay is a writer in prime: at the height of her powers... Her prose is flawlessly seductive and comic, confidently witty and sensual”

Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday

“Wholly delightful... Shena Mackay is an assured artist”

A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard


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