Book: Three Seasons - Three Stories of England in the Eighties by Mike Robbinscategories: Book, England, Novellas, 1980s, History, Fishermen, Estate Agents, Oxford, UK, Literary Fiction
Mike Robbinsabout this book: Three Seasons is a book of three novellas, unconnected with each other, but all set in the south of England in the 1980s.
In Spring, a middle-aged Hull trawler skipper, his great days gone, has one last throw of the dice in a South Coast port. In Summer, an ambitious young man makes his way in the booming Thames Valley property market, unconcerned with the damage he does to others. Finally, in Autumn, the Master of an Oxford college welcomes his two sons home, but they awake difficult memories from half a century before.
These three stories are portraits of a country and its people on the verge of change.
From reader reviews of Three Seasons:
• "Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties collectively creates a living, breathing sense of a world that, once read, will never leave your head..." — Kevin Cole
• "Mike Robbins certainly knows how to write, and for a book like this which contains three short novellas, he definitely manages to effortlessly pack a hell of a lot in, with all those important parts of what makes good fiction sewn together: great characterisation, a sense of place..." — Harry Whitewolf
• "In Three Seasons Mike Robbins takes us back to the 80s. Not in that detached retro deconstructionist way that makes it look like a plastic paradise to all who never lived through it, but instead to a world of surface promise and ideas too big for its boots, about the disparity between a culture invested in tradition and bygone eras but aiming itself full throttle into the unknown. The novellas contained within this brief collection are very British, but even more English. ... A rewarding collection, centred on characters penned with an empathetic and sophisticated eye." — Rebecca Gransden
• "In each story the author captures the ambience of the 80s brilliantly. The central characters were diverse, an elderly fisherman struggling to make a living around fishing quotas, a Yuppy fully embracing 'Its all about me & loadsamoney' culture and an academic from a privileged background. All expertly drawn and realistically flawed (and one character particularly loathsome) they were people I could easily relate to and recognise. The combination of stories that span class distinctions give an excellent snapshot of Britain in the 1980s. The contradictions, unfairness, hypocrisy and sense of monumental change." — Diana Febry
• "Reading these stories, you strongly feel like you are there with the characters, which I think is something rare. Not many stories can accomplish that so well." — Jacqueline Boss
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