y The Northern Clemency single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Beginning in 1974 and ending with the fading of Thatcher's government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is Philip Hensher's epic portrait of an entire era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move.

'Set in Sheffield, it charts the relationship between two families: Malcolm and Katherine Glover and their three children; and their neighbours the Sellers family, newly arrived from London so that Bernie can pursue his job with the Electricity Board. The day the Sellers move in there is a crisis across the road: Malcolm Glover has left home, convinced his wife is having an affair. The consequences of this rupture will spread throughout the lives of both couples and their children, in particular 10-year-old Tim Glover, who never quite recovers from a moment of his mother's public cruelty and the amused taunting of 15-year-old Sandra Sellers, childhood crises that will come to a head twenty years later. In the background, England is changing: from a manufacturing and industrial based economy into a new world of shops, restaurants and service industries, a shift particularly marked in the North with the miners' strike of 1984, which has a dramatic impact on both families.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Included in AustLit as part of the novel is set in Sydney, New South Wales.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fourth Estate , 2008 .
      Extent: 738p.
      ISBN: 9780007174799 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

Social Change Writ Small Jem Poster , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 May-1June 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
A Comic Portrait of a Fractured Britain Jane Shilling , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2008; (p. 37)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
Desperate Households Sophie Gee , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 14 December vol. 113 no. 50 2008; (p. 15)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
Social Change Writ Small Jem Poster , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 May-1June 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
A Comic Portrait of a Fractured Britain Jane Shilling , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2008; (p. 37)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
Desperate Households Sophie Gee , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 14 December vol. 113 no. 50 2008; (p. 15)

— Review of The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher 2008 single work novel
Last amended 9 Nov 2009 16:35:53
Settings:
  • Sheffield, South Yorkshire,
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    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • London,
    c
    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
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