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Having been cast aside for a younger woman, the narrator becomes a proud owner of her very own suburban bubble of bliss, leaving behind her job, her home, and her unfaithful husband.

Retreating north to reclaim a semblance of happiness for herself, she becomes drawn into an assault on the observable imbalance of wealth and quality of life that blights the rural valley, under the command of her eccentric, flame-haired, survivalist landlady, Cassandra White.

With an abundance of unused second-homes belonging to bankers and rich city folk, and several poor and elderly villagers without homes, the solution to this unjust predicament is surely obvious.

Named as one the Telegraph’s 20 British writers under 40 to watch in 2010, and the winner of the 2008 Orange New Writers’ Prize for her debut The Birth Of Love, Kavenna delivers a brilliantly executed satire that is both sharp and poignant.

An addictive read.

Rating: 9/10