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It is the winter of 1985. Hope Farm sticks out of the ragged landscape like a decaying tooth, its weatherboard walls sagging into the undergrowth. Silver's mother, Ishtar, has fallen for the charismatic Miller, and the three of them have moved to the rural hippie commune to make a new start. But here, at just 13, she is thrust into an unrelenting adult world, and the walls begin to come tumbling down, with deadly consequences.

©2015 Peggy Frew (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Elegant, tender and very wise.... Hope Farm is beautifully written, acutely observed and, best of all, completely absorbing... A great novel." (Chris Womersley, author of Cairo and Bereft)
"An original tale.... Peggy's voice is contemporary, her observations sharp and sensitive." (Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep)

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Hope Farm - Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew is a gorgeous writer. Playing with language so beautifully that it causes you to actually recall to mind, the “…downy pierced ear…” of a child.
And interwoven betwix’d this prose that makes a fictional Gippsland “hippy farm” come to life, so clearly in one’s mind; is the achingly touching tale of Mother and Daughter.

One note to AUDIBLE: The audio quality is poor, particularly in Chapter 6!
❗️My hastily written notes, taken as I listened to the editing errors: “Ooh Chapter 6 could do with some editing! (Read someone didn’t do *any* editing at all!)”.❗️
A real shame that distracts from an otherwise wonderful book.

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Interesting story and generally well read

Good book and well performed except for several obvious blunders in Chapter 6. I was surprised that these mistakes made their way into the finished recording, and would recommend that this chapter be rerecorded.

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Overwrought

Much ado about nothing. The author must have had difficulty with her own mother. The voice of Silver is far to adult for a child. It seems to be at the same level of understanding all through her childhood.

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  • 19-03-2017

Inciteful

A mother and daughter story about the effect on a child of the imposition by the adults around her of a hippyish, insecure, free- love lifestyle and of her mother's depression. Though there's more to the story than that. Anyhow I relate to the feelings of the child a little bit and I had terrible angry dreams featuring my parents the night after finishing the book so it definitely got under my skin! (oh btw audible there's an editing error at about 2 min 30 in).

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