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During the freezing English winter of 1962, 17-year-old Radford is sent to Goodwin Manor, a great and isolated house in country Shropshire for boys who have been ‘found by trouble’. Drawn immediately to the charismatic West, Radford soon discovers that each one of them has something to hide.  

Life at the Manor offers a refuge of sorts, but the onset of a deathly winter and unexpected new arrivals threaten the fragile dynamics. At once beautiful and haunting, The Everlasting Sunday is a haunting debut novel about growing up, growing wild and what it takes to survive.  

Cover credit: Sandy Cull.

©2018 Robert Lukins (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • 14-12-2018

Short, But Beautifully Formed!


This is a little off the beaten track compared to the paths I usually tread for my reading pleasure but it's a diversion that I am glad that I took. Goodwin Manor is a last refuge for boys who are found by trouble as the author puts it and The Everlasting Sunday follows Radford, one such unfortunate who spends the great winter of 1962 there. It's a tale of no little warmth, considerable cold and harsh cruelty which put me in mind of a dysfunctional Dead Poet's Society.

The friendships and enmities that Radford and the other boys form are the crux of this claustrophobic story which is beautifully illustrated by the almost poetic yet direct prose that Lukins employs. More than most authors he conjures vivid imagery with a real economy of words. Kevin Spink, making his Audible UK debut is given the task of narration and does a credible job of bringing characters like the enigmatic Teddy, the authority figure in the house to life. Some odd pronunciations of words such as belfry and hearth may grate a little on Anglo ears but overall he has the voices to do the story justice.

The Everlasting Sunday was a fairly short but highly evocative listen, an intriguing episode in a coming of age tale that left me feeling very satisfied and as if I had gained a depth of understanding of place and people that usually only comes with much longer books.

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