The Orchard on Fire
First edition (UK)
|Cover artist||Cecily Brown|
Moyer Bell (US)
|1995 (UK), 1996 (US)|
|Media type||Print & Audio|
Set in the 1950s it tells the story of the Harlencys who abandon their Streatham pub for the "Copper Kettle Tearoom" in rural Kent. The story centres on their young daughter April and her friendship with the fiery Ruby; and with her attempts to frustrate the unhealthy attentions of Mr Greenidge...
- Shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize
- New York Times Book Review, Notable book of 1996
- Publishers Weekly, "Best Books" of 1996
- 1996 Booker Prize
- "Nautilus, not nice: Lisa Allardice finds something fishy in Croydon as Shena Mackay's heroine goes looking for salvation in Heligoland" (1 March 2003) The Guardian
- Linda Parent Lesher (2000) The Best Novels of the Nineties p. 142 ISBN 0-7864-0742-5
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