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All Among the Barley - Melissa Harrison

All Among the Barley - Melissa Harrison

This is № 99 of an exclusive edition of only 150 copies.  In addition, the book is also lined and dated.

Title: All Among the Barley

Author:  Melissa Harrison

ISBN:  9781408897997

Weight:  729g

Numbered, lined, dated and signed first edition, first printing




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All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison

The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, although the Great War still casts its shadow over the fields and villages around her beloved home, Wych Farm.

Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading rural traditions and beliefs.  For Edie, who must soon face the unsettling pressures of adulthood, the glamorous and worldly outsider appears to be a godsend.  But there is more to the older woman than meets the eye.

As harvest time approaches and pressures mount on the entire community, Edie must find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.

A masterful evocation of the rhythms of the natural world and pastoral life, All Among the Barley is a powerful novel about the lessons of history and the dangers of nostalgia.

Peer & Press Reviews

A powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story from a writer who is fast establishing herself as one of the best contemporary exponents of the pastoral novel.


Looking through Melissa Harrison’s eyes provides a new way of seeing everything.  Her descriptions of nature are so vivid that in some passages you hear and smell as well as see.  Such original and intelligent writing is rare.

Literary Review

Harrison is adept at making several realities exist uncannily alongside one another.  She conjures up nature, with its timeless rhythms and beauty, and invades it with the political.  This accomplished novel explores many things; perhaps above all it is an argument about the danger of solipsism, and a demonstration of what tragedies might occur if one cannot escape a narrow viewpoint to consider the wider picture.


Bibliographic Info

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Title All Among the Barley
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 150 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the half title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is signed by the author.  This page also has the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication printed on it.

Book number 99 of 150
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the number authentication page
Lined Smiling on the scythe...
Dated 23/08/2018 [publication day]
Book Stats
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781408897997
ISBN 10 1408897997
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 327
Size (h x w x d) 224 x 142 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Brian David Stevens
Jacket design David Mann
Jacket illustration from What to look for in Summer by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe © Ladybird Books Ltd., 1960
Maps Neil Gower

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