Beginning in 1974 and ending with Thatcher’s government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is a portrait of an era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move.
♥ “This book encapsulates an era and follows the lives two suburban families living in the same street. The true-to-life characters are highly detailed, from the main personalities through to the cast of minor characters. Births, deaths and marriages are in high supply and the detail with which it is all narrated is what made this 700-page novel addictive. It was a shame I was hurrying for Bookerthon as it’s the kind of book you want to savour over weeks.” – Rachel