Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 23/03/2017
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A beautiful, moving and passionate read that you won't be able to put down. The story is of poet Dora who moves into a flat with her husband and baby, Dor... READ MORE
Gemma at Elgin
A deeply affected story of isolation....
Polly Clark chronicles two interwoven lives lived apart from each other but somehow close to each other in every sense. We read the story of the young poet... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley


'We need the courage to choose ourselves.' W. H. Auden It's early summer when a young poet, Dora Fielding, moves to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and her hopes are first challenged. Newly married, pregnant, she's excited by the prospect of a life that combines family and creativity. She thinks she knows what being a person, a wife, a mother, means. She is soon shown that she is wrong. As the battle begins for her very sense of self, Dora comes to find the realities of small town life suffocating, and, eventually, terrifying; until she finds a way to escape reality altogether. Another poet, she discovers, lived in Helensburgh once. Wystan H. Auden, brilliant and awkward at 24, with his first book of poetry published, should be embarking on success and society in London. Instead, in 1930, fleeing a broken engagement, he takes a teaching post at Larchfield School for boys where he is mocked for his Englishness and suspected - rightly - of homosexuality. Yet in this repressed limbo Wystan will fall in love for the first time, even as he fights his deepest fears. The need for human connection compels these two vulnerable outsiders to find each other and make a reality of their own that will save them both. Echoing the depths of Possession, the elegance of The Stranger's Child and the ingenuity of Longbourn, Larchfield is a beautiful and haunting novel about heroism - the unusual bravery that allows unusual people to go on living; to transcend banality and suffering with the power of their imagination.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781786481924
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 33 mm

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A wonderful debut, rich in beauty and words.
One of the most beautifully written novels of 2017 so far and I have no doubt will feature as one of my books of the year. Larchfield the debut novel by Po... READ MORE
John Fish
A deeply moving and beautifully written debut
Larchfield is a beautifully written debut from Polly Clark. Dora moves to the small town of Helensburgh newly married and pregnant. She eagerly anticipate... READ MORE
A portrait of isolation
I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. When pregnant poet Dora moves to Helensburgh in Scotland with her hus... READ MORE
debut novel that transcends the ordinary
Larchfield is a chapter in the life of newly married young poet and soon to be mum Dora Fielding who moves from London to Helensburgh (a former haunt for w... READ MORE