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Visions of England: Melisssa Harrison and Sam Byers

This green and pleasant land? Look beneath England's surface with writers Melissa Harrison and Sam Byers as they discuss their new novels.

Harrison's All Among the Barley and Byers' Perfidious Albion present illuminating and distinctive visions of England, presenting fictions that delve into the depths of England, shed light on the parts of our pastoral past we have overlooked and offer a stark glimpse of a dystopian future.

All Among the Barley captures the collision between modernity and pastoral life in rural England just before the Second World War. Fourteen-year-old Edie Mather lives with her family on Wych Farm in Suffolk. Glamorous outsider Constance FitzAllen attempts to persuade the family to forsake the advances of modern technology.