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‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ chronicles the life of a modern, semi-rural English village over the course of one calendar year.
It is New Year and the villagers are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome, where they find a mysterious link to their. In Spring a young boy becomes entranced by nature as he seeks and finds a hare. A marriage enters its
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 6th 2015 by The Story Bazaar (first published April 5th 2015)
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Trang Tran (Bookidote)
I'm in love with these short stories ! Julie Anderson did an amazing job of writing these villager's adventures and journeys, I honeslty couldn't ask for more. With the delicate and exquisite vocabulary, the reader will enter the fictional world of The Village quite easily and smoothly. Some parts succeed to make me laugh out loud and some parts made me reflect on my own life. Love the structure of the book, Anderson separates the stories by months of year which allow us to feel the seasonal vib ...more
Pinder
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this collection a lot. It is well written, easy to read and I was completely drawn into the fictional world of the village. Descriptions of place are evocative and powerful, the chilly, wind-blown airfield, the forbidden depths of the wood or the sunny canal towpath are all made real for the reader. So are the relationships.

The interwoven, layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. At the beginning the stories stand alone, told from different points of view, but characters
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Marjorie Chance
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this collection and have recommended it to many of my friends. The wide cast of characters, from diverse backgrounds and of different ages, creates a vivid and real picture of life in The Village. Particularly strong are the interactions between the generations, the author deftly capturing the differing social attitudes. My favourite characters are Winnie ( though she is sometimes irascible )and Ray,her son-in-law, because both are complex, thoughtful individuals who are ...more
Sue Pither
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading these short stories. I was totally drawn into the lives of the villagers and I loved the way the characters were woven into the different stories. With the changing seasons as a backdrop, with the village fete at the centre of the book and the life of the village, it really reflected village life. This book is beautifully written with characters I can't wait to hear more about!
Nick Rossi
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Harper Valley than Peyton Place, JJ Anderson's depiction of life in a small English village is both lovely and resplendent in her The Village: A Year in Twelve Tales. The novelty here is that the novel itself is composed of twelve stories, each interlinked in some way, culminating in one overarching rich narrative .

The village itself is characteristically full of unique and stock inhabitants. It is the history of the Marshall clan that defines the context of this book, but it is with the in
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Sue
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Many thanks to the author for the book won through goodreads giveaway. An enjoyable set of stories blended to give a tapestry style picture of village life. A balanced portrayal seen neither through rosy tinted nor dark lenses. Events small and major,often poignant,occasional humour with quite a cast of characters to care about,(and a few to dislike accordingly,and cheer at comeuppances!) Even so, I would like to know more about some of the minor characters, Sid,Reverend Jim,Vali,Dr Hari. Plent ...more
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Julie Anderson is a writer who lives in South London. She enjoys the cultural life of the city and eating out with friends. Occasionally she visits an Andalucian retreat.
She has written a two volume series - the Al Andalus stories. The first, 'Reconquista' was long listed for the Mslexia Children's Novel 2016, but it appeals to adults too. The second 'The Silver Rings' was published in 2018. Prev
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