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In the Orchard, the Swallows | Paperback

Released on 05 January 2012

Author: Peter Hobbs | Format: Paperback

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In the foothills of a mountain range in northern Pakistan is a beautiful orchard. Many miles away, a frail young man is flung out of prison gates. Looking up, scanning the horizon for swallows in flight, he stumbles and collapses in the roadside dust. His ravaged body tells the story of fifteen years of brutality.

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 Awesome Stillness

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What an amazing book. Precisely and exquisitely written this book, despite troubling subject matter, manages to be peaceful, calming and joyous. Although the real world intrudes on the periphery of the story I especially like the way the story could have been set anywhere at any time.

 Peaceful but sad

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I loved the way this book was written, it was very gripping, but all the while encapsulating a feeling of stillness and reflection. It's a fairly short book and I read it quickly, but I would definitely recommend reading it to others.

 A very good read

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I read this on holiday and found myself not able to tear myself away until I had finished it. An incredibly engaging book, with incredibly vivid descriptions it makes you wonder how the author came up with such a story.

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I found this tale quite captivating, if rather short. After spending 15 years in prison and being subjected to regular brutality, a man reflects on his life as a teenager. Hobbs writes with an incredibly visual style, and convincingly portrays a life that has experienced both the beautiful side of existence as well as the ugly side, drawing some great parallels using both the surroundings and characters. The passing of time is captured quite well, using the 9/11 event as a device to show how the world he knew before prison has changed.

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AuthorPeter Hobbs
PublisherFaber & Faber (GB)
Year2012
ISBN9780571279272
FormatPaperback - 160 Pages