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A Way Through the Wood

A Way Through the Wood

A psychological study of marriage, loyalty and justice, A WAY THROUGH THE WOOD is a remarkable post-war novel.

James Manning is perfectly content. He has a successful life as a businessman in the city, a bright young thing of a wife, Jill, and an idyllic home in the countryside, where he is a local magistrate. The only fly in the ointment is the ‘Honbill’ – the Honourable William Bule, a gentleman with too much time on his hands.

When a young man is knocked off his bicycle and subsequently dies, James is sure that Bule is the culprit – after all, he saw a scratch on the Honbill’s car the day of the accident and it matches the description to a T. But events take an unexpected turn when James discovers that it was really Jill driving that night, and he is torn between obligations to his wife and to his profound sense of right and wrong.

A WAY THROUGH THE WOOD was the inspiration for SEPARATE LIES, a 2005 British film adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Julian Fellowes and starring Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 10th March 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474601207

Reviews

He tells a story gloriously
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Balchin can tell an exciting story as well as any novelist alive
SUNDAY CHRONICLE
He can always be relied on to give us the set-up magnificently
BBC
One of the best writers, and certainly one of the best stylists, to come out of the war years
Michael Powell
I'd place him up there with Graham Greene
Philippa Gregory
Perhaps the most successful British author to emerge during the war
SATURDAY EVENING POST
Mr. Balchin is a writer of such considerable and varied gifts . . . He is certainly one of the most intelligent novelists
TIME AND TIDE
One of the hopes of British novel-writing . . . A writer of genius
John Betjeman
Balchin has done so much to raise the standard of the popular novel
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Balchin has been absurdly overlooked for too long
Julian Fellowes
A brilliant novelist . . . A writer of real skill
NEW STATESMAN
Balchin has the rare magnetic power that draws the human eye from one sentence to the next
EVENING STANDARD
A remarkable storyteller
DAILY MAIL
[An] inexplicably neglected author
THE TIMES
Balchin writes about timeless things, the places in the heart
Ruth Rendell, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
The novelist of men at work
GUARDIAN
A superb storyteller
SUNDAY TIMES
Probably no other novelist of Mr. Balchin's value is so eminently and enjoyably readable . . . [He] never lets the reader down
Elizabeth Bowen, TATLER
The missing writer of the Forties . . . Balchin's professional skill gives a meaning to brilliance which the word doesn't usually possess
Clive James, NEW REVIEW