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The Sacred Combe
by Maloney, Thomas

ISBN: 9781925321166
PUBLISHER: Scribe Publications
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 384
PUBLICATION DATE: 27.04.2016
DIMENSIONS: 20.9 x 14.9 x 2.2 centimetres

DESCRIPTION:
A man's eye is accommodative, like his heart.' Samuel Browne's wife has left him suddenly after just three years of marriage. She invites him to 'go live a better life without me'. He must start again, and alone. And so it is that Sam finds himself deep in the English countryside in a cold but characterful old house, remote and encircled by hills, in the employment and company of an older, wiser man, a man as fond of mystery as he is of enlightenment. What is the purpose of the seemingly hopeless task set for Sam in the house's ancient library? What is the secret of the unused room? And where does a life lose its way or gain its meaning? The combe is home to a truth born of fraud, a building made of light, and a family wrecked by recklessness: loss and love reverberate around the house and around the novel, providing pleasure, pain and purpose. Combe Hall is a house designed to honour and to enthral. And this very fine debut novel does exactly the same.

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