In a lush meadow, bounded by dense forest and a sparkling river, the flags of several tents flutter in the breeze, rich with the promise of halcyon days. Yet all is not as tranquil as it may seem: The balance of power wrought between the occupants of The Great Field, as it is properly known, is a delicate one, and relationships are stretched to breaking point when a new, large and disciplined group offers to share its surplus of milk pudding. Only the narrator acknowledges the gesture, but by forging links with the newcomers, he becomes a conduit for change, change that threatens The Great Field.
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Mills brings it all together
Mills tells tales of our times and of human behaviour with a dead pan humour and spot on observations. He contrasts the joy of life with the urge to order it like no other author.
All characters are integrated and one would not have a point without the others. That said, it is not the characters that really builds the novel but the interaction between them.
I haven't listened to Gareth Armstrong before but he found a perfect tone for the text.
It really was a one session book in the garden.
This novel sort of brings all other Mills books together.
- Joakim Hermansson