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England's Lane

By Joseph Connolly

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE: AS IF THE ROYLE FAMILY WERE WRITTEN BY MARTIN AMIS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE - AS IF THE ROYLE FAMILY WERE WRITTEN BY MARTIN AMIS!

'Vibrant tragicomic slices of cosmopolitan Englishness' Independent on Sunday
'A rich and compelling drama of life' Daily Mail
'Connolly has a keen sense of the hushed emotional tenderness of English life and our silent shattering pain' Sunday Telegraph

Jim and Milly. Stan and Jane. Jonathan and Fiona. Winter, 1959.

Three married couples: each living in England's Lane, each with an only child, and each attending to family, and their livelihoods - the ironmonger's, the sweetshop and the butcher's.

Each of them hiding their lies, disguising sin, coping in the only way they know how.

Biographical Notes

Joseph Connolly is the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling writer of eleven novels, as well as eleven works of non-fiction. He lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781780877211
  • Publication date: 29 Aug 2013
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: riverrun
'Already a writer to relish for virtuosic farce and razor-edged comedy of manners, Connolly excels with this deftly woven novel of London suburban dreams and dreads in 1959' Independent. — Independent
'May well be his masterpiece ... Connolly unfolds a rich and compelling drama of life' Daily Mail. — Daily Mail
'Vibrant tragicomic slices of cosmopolitan Englishness' Independent on Sunday. — Independent on Sunday
'Connolly pulls the strings artfully in his sardonic portrait of 1950s England ... He knows exactly what he's doing, in an immensely contrived, sophisticated and satisfying game' Adam Mars-Jones, Observer. — Observer
'Connolly has a keen sense of the hushed emotional tenderness of English life and our silent shattering pain' Sunday Telegraph. — Sunday Telegraph
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