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The Burnt Fox

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  8 reviews
‘It really is this place and not us. There’s a dark power in nature here. Some residue left over from its great, cruel past.’

With an overwhelming desire to escape from the council estate and fearful for his marriage, frustrated author Eliot decides to move his wife, Donna and Son, Bradley to the countryside. He takes a job at the grand and sprawling Cloothill estate. Elio
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Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published June 20th 2016 by Peach Publishing
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Clare O'Beara
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-fiction
This evocative novel is a cross between 'Lady Chatterly's Lover' and a Molly Keane book, such as 'Loving and Giving', with the decay of the great country houses, the innate cruelty of country living and the forced intimacy and suspicion of isolation.
Neil Grimmett was a deeply talented writer who used portions of his earlier varied career for material, so here he tells of a man introduced to the work of gamekeeper on a Somerset estate. We'll expect a lot of the tale to be fiction for dramatic's s
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Angela
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is a slippery-slide kind of story about a couple whose marriage is on the decline. Donna and Eliot live on a rough, getting rougher, council estate where Eliot is a stay at home writer unable to concentrate because of neighbours and noise. After seeing an almost too-good-to-be-true advert in the local paper seeking a couple to work as gamekeeper and housemaid, and to reside in a cottage on the country estate of the aristocratic Compton family, Donna, Eliot and their son, Bradley, start an e ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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‘A unique opportunity to live in a stunning, secluded location.’

Eliot Barnes, his wife Donna and their son Bradley live on a deteriorating council estate in England. Eliot who was once in a local band, is now a frustrated author unhappy with life on the council estate and concerned about his marriage. He sees an advertisement for a position on the Cloothill estate. An opportunity, Eliot thinks. He applies, he and Donna are interviewed by Clarissa and Phillip Compton. Eliot and Donna are offered
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Alan
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A frustrated writer, Eliot, and his wife and child escape a noisy and chaotic council estate by becoming an odd-job man (& family) on a nearby estate of another sort, the country seat of an aristocrat. Initially the family think they have landed in an idyll - a nice house on the grounds is included - but are soon disabused. The book explores how the upper classes work, treating their employees as subordinates and making them subsume their whole lives into theirs. It is all done subtly, through u ...more
Sandy S
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 20, 2016

‘It really is this place and not us. There’s a dark power in nature here. Some residue left over from its great, cruel past.’

With an overwhelming desire to escape from the council estate and fearful for his marriage, frustrated author Eliot decides to move his wife, Donna and Son, Bradley to the countryside. He takes a job at the grand and sprawling Cloothill estate. Eliot does his best to fit in while working for the aristocratic Compton famil
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Sheila
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully evocative and grimly real tale, set on the Somerset Levels, Neil Grimmett’s The Burnt Fox frees failed author Eliot from the misery of life on a council estate into the world of a rich man’s servant. Together with wife Donna and son Bradley, he embarks a new life filled with hope, and learns to tend game birds, shoot squirrels, and keep the fox-hunters pleased. Meanwhile his wife cleans house, his son goes to school, and a rather strange farmer introduces him to the joys of dehorni ...more
Diane Rapp
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The grass is not always greener

Lamenting a life in a public housing neighborhood, Eliot decided his deteriorating relationship with wife, Donna, and his inability to concentrate on his writing was caused by rowdy neighbors. He knew life would be better if his family could “live on a secluded country estate where everything should be safe and simple.”

Millions of us watched “Downton Abbey” and day-dreamed of living like the gentry, but this novel explores a seamier side of life on a country estate
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Nancy Silk
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"History Repeats Itself, Only The Characters Have Changed"

First, I've just learned of the passing of this wonderful author. He'd had three books yet to finish. His wife has wonderfully completed these stories with much love. Besides this novel, also now published are "The Bestowing Sun," and "The Mud Dance."

In this story, frustrated author Eliot Barnes is unhappy about living in a downtrodden, noisy, British community. He can't concentrate on his writing, always being distracted with noisy and n
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Neil Grimmett has had over eighty five short stories published. In the UK by among others: London Magazine, Stand, Panurge, Iron, Ambit, Postscripts Magazine, Pretext etc. Australia, Quadrant, South Africa, New Contrast. Plus stories in the leading journals of Singapore, India, France, Canada, and the USA, where he has appeared in Fiction, The Yale Review, DoubleTake, The southern Humanities Revie ...more

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