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A Year of Marvellous Ways

by Sarah Winman

Humanity and warmth abound in this story of people damaged by war. Add a little touch of magic (inspired by Cornish folklore) and a huge amount of beauty and you get a tale that sparkles in the Cornish landscape and will stay with you forever.

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He watched her doze. The silence oozed and dripped as thickly as syrup and emotion caught like pollen in his throat. He became aware of the majesty of the landscape, of the hard work and lives that had toiled before, hands that had left dirt and blood on spades and cups. And there, a bee clinging to the pink trumpet head of a foxglove, not resting, not feasting, but dead. A connectedness to all, that's what he felt. A rare earthed feeling of belonging. A burst of sunlight fell upon trails of shimmering web, linking all - the dead, the living - to the earth.

Parallels

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
A Month in the Country by J L Carr
Orkney by Amy Sackville
 

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