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The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

By Pamelascott

A magnificent, sweeping history in which Rutherfurd captures the essence of the English heartland from Edward Rutherford, the author of Paris, London and New York.

Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation's heritage than the New Forest. Now, Edward Rutherfurd, weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks. The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Jane Austen's Bath, and whose ramifications continue through the age of the Victorian railway builders to the ecologists of the present day.

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[High over Sarum the small plane flew]

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(Cornerstone Digital, 23 December 2010 (first published 2000), ebook, bought from Amazon)

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I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is 'a book that's more than 800 pages'.

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I really enjoyed The Forest. I'm a fan of Rutherfurd's work. He's the only author of historical fiction I seek out and I find his work very accessible.

Like the other books I've read ( Paris and New York), The Forest spans centuries of history to tell the story of the ancient New Forest, a place of legend with ties to some of the most important events in English history.

Rutherfurd's prose is highly approachable, vivid and impressive. The rich descriptions in the book bring the ancient forest and the families who live and work there to memorable life.

What I liked about this book is that it contains generations of the same families who have thrives in the New Forest since it was founded. There's something I really liked about this.

Forest Edward Rutherfurd

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