Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...
©1994 Hilary Mantel (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chrissie on 04-10-15

Powerful tragedy by a world class author.

Hilary Mantel's ability to bring characters to life is supreme. Unfolding the tragedies of human existence in a powerful way, this novel spans the awfulness of the years of early apartheid in South Africa, and returns from the vastness of the veld to parochial Norfolk. The people, the countryside, the tussle between love, betrayal, hope and loss are brilliantly explored in a novel I found hard to put down. An unforgettable tale, beautifully narrated and a fitting reading of the work of such a talented author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By linda on 24-12-12

A haunting tale acutely observed

After thoroughly enjoying both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" I was impatient for the publication of the promised sequel. In the meantime, I thought I would try Hilary Mantel's other works and started with "A Change in Climate".

I was not disappointed at all. This novel is as acutely observed as both of her prize winners. Mantel has captured an era and locations exquisitely. This haunting tale unfolds slowly and perfectly as does her insight into her characters and their development. They live on with me and I find myself wondering how they are getting on (daft I know, but this phenomenon often marks the quality of fictional characters who have really lived for me whilst I was reading or, in this case, listening).

I'm looking forward to meeting and gradually getting to know more people in other Hilary Mantel novels.

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