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  • South Riding

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Winifred Holtby
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In this rich and memorable evocation of the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire are the lives, loves and sorrows of the central characters. There is Sarah Burton, fiery young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall, a councillor tormented by his own disastrous marriage; Jo Astell, a socialist fighting poverty and his own illness; and Mrs Beddows, the first woman Alderman of the district (like Winifred's own mother).

    Ilana says: "Worth Revisiting"
    "A beautifully written book"
    Overall

    I really liked the finely crafted, very human characters in this book and the way Holtby has skilfully brought them and their inmost thoughts, hopes, fears, successes and failures to life. Set in the fictional Yorkshire South Riding, the book describes the machinations behind the scenes of local government as well as the love two very different women bear for gentleman farmer Robert Carne, who has seen better days. There are many poignant moments and some beautiful descriptions of the Yorkshire coast and countryside. The story drags a bit at the end but is otherwise an absorbing listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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