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Captain Gault has decided that his family must leave Lahardane. They are after all Protestants living in the big house in rural Cork, and the country is in turmoil. It is 1921. But 8-year-old Lucy can't bear to leave the seashore, the old house, the woods - so she hatches a plan. It is then that the calamity happens - an accident almost, but so vicious in its consequences that it blights the lives of the Gaults for years to come. Trevor's new vel beautifully evokes rural Ireland and the tensions existing there, but also is Hardy-like in its portrayal of the impact of mere chance on a life.
William Trevor was born in County Cork in 1928. He is widely regarded as our greatest living short-story writer, and his novels have won many awards. He has won the Whitbread Fiction Prize 3 times (most recently for FELICIA'S JOURNEY), and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 3 times. In 1999 he was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize. In 2002 he was awarded an honourary knighthood. He lives in Devon.
Shortlisted for Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 2002 and Whitbread Prize (Novel) 2002 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002 and James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 2002 and Booker Prize for Fiction 2002.