In search of a country idyll, London couple Steve and Helen Anderson relocate to an isolated old house, near to the river Lod. Both are strangely drawn to the water, though stories circulate about the river's dangerously weak banks and powerful undertow. Stranger still is Helen's attraction to the forbidding village squire and local Casanova, Matthew Summers. Events come to a head when Helen almost drowns in the river, but it is Steve who needs to watch his back....
Praised by critics for his clean prose style, characterisation and the strong sense of place in his novels, Philip Maitland Hubbard was born in Reading, Berkshire and brought up in the Channel Islands. He was educated at Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for English verse in 1933. From 1934 until its disbandment in 1947 he served with the Indian Civil service, then for the British Council, before retiring to work as a freelance writer. He contributed to a number of publications, including Punch, and wrote 16 novels for adults and two children's books. He lived in Dorset and Scotland, and many of his novels draw on his interest in and knowledge of rural pursuits and folk religion.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Quiet River to be better than the print version?
Not having read the novel, this question is difficult to answer. The book is a good one; the reading is excellent.
Who was your favorite character and why?
None stood out; they were all human and well drawn and, ultimately, sad. Perhaps the river is the star.
What does Louise Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I enjoyed her narration; she was engaging and read with great clarity. I sensed enjoyment in the reading, which is not always the case.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
In the last resort, this is a sad novel. It is not depressing, just sad.
Any additional comments?
I would read another by this author; I would look forward to hearing Ms Jameson read another book that took my fancy.