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Nothing But Grass

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In the summer of 1875, two travellers walk south across the Lincolnshire Wolds to a village riven with dark secrets.

When Norman Tanner kills his workmate on a cold February morning a century later, he thinks he’s got away with murder. But Norman doesn’t know about the workmate’s girlfriend, or the child that will come back to haunt him; and how he is caught up in a story t
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 11th 2015 by Random House UK (first published April 28th 2015)
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Aug 02, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - different individuals stories through to today from the 80s in Lincolnshire, with connections back to Victorian times. It's a bit messy, but people's lives are - the characters are incredibly interesting and I could have read about them for a whole lot longer. Ted is the stand out character - someone you really like by the end of the book. I can imagine this being a film - wonder if anyone had bought the film rights?
Sasha Drennan
Aug 07, 2016 Sasha Drennan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book with its compelling characters, interwoven and interconnected stories that cross three centuries, and its grounding in the Lincolnshire landscapes that I know so well. I've seen it categorised as a crime novel, but for me it really isn't; it's just an excellent novel of human (and the odd bit of supernatural) strength and weakness
Dec 04, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing But Grass has all the ingredients that really appeal to me in a novel: it's multi-stranded, moves between the past and the present, focuses on the lives of ordinary people and has a very strong sense of place. Set in the Lincolnshire Wolds (an area strangely neglected by literature) it is a page turner of a book, never less than gripping and with a large cast of fascinating characters. There are historical mysteries underpinning the bulk of the narrative which moves from the 1980s to the ...more
Maureen Evans
Sep 25, 2016 Maureen Evans rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Definitely in contention for my book of the year. Hard to describe - English Noir possibly. A deep thoughtful book, set in the Lincolnshire Wolds that are brilliantly evoked by the author. Ranges in time from 1800's to present day telling the story of village people with secrets that are unfolded throughout the lives of others in the end. A lovely book well worth reading. I liked the cover too, that made me pick it up in the library.
Joseph Reynolds
Jul 07, 2016 Joseph Reynolds rated it it was ok
There is a trend now where we have 'interlinked stories' but not a narrative whole. Say, 'Olive Kitteridge'. So, any of you who are getting tired of this type of material (me!) may want to give this one a miss. If I had known I would have left it alone. This kind of thing wears me out. I admire the writing, it is very affecting, but the whole thing is a cheat. I always have the sense that the author (who freely admits working on this since 1998!) has had some wonderful AHA! moments and started ...more
Daren Kearl
Aug 06, 2015 Daren Kearl rated it really liked it
Although there were lots of changing characters and stories within Nothing but Grass, there was a unifying theme of the environment and nature which kept it all together and is very much in vogue at the moment. There was also a touch of the supernatural which, linking to the woodland and digging, felt reminiscent of some MR James stories. It was just a bit too disjointed at times to be a totally engrossing read.
Jun 21, 2015 Lucy rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read and review a galley copy of this book.

This is a twisty-turny, engaging, historical fiction. Write on the line between good and great. It was fun but not something that lingered with me. OK for a beach read.
Len Northfield
Aug 14, 2016 Len Northfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an intelligent, skilfully written, multi-layered book by a writer of great talent. Weaving together several stories, one feels connectedness to the people and the landscape of the Lincolnshire wolds.

I enjoyed this book immensely.
Aug 04, 2016 Kimberley rated it did not like it
When I had read this book, I was reminded of why I don't read as much as I used to anymore. This book is extremely boring to read with a lot of side plot you don't really need/wanted to read.
Lucy Moore
Aug 08, 2016 Lucy Moore rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Really brought the raw Lincolnshire I grew up in life. Fucking beautiful. Eye on the wad.
Jane Walker
Sep 27, 2015 Jane Walker rated it liked it
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Disappointing. The loose plot got lost along the way, and was returned to when we'd forgotten all about it. Cohu is a promising writer, so I hope he will have another go.
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Will Cohu was born in Yorkshire in 1964. Educated at Exeter College, Oxford, from 1992 he freelanced as writer, editor and journalist, mostly for the Daily Telegraph. His books include Urban Dog (2001) and Out of the Woods (2007). He has been twice short-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award. His memoir, The Wolf Pit, was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize. ...more
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