Amy and Lan

Amy and Lan

The Enchanting New Novel by the No. 1 Bestselling Author of The Outcast

Summary

*Picked by the Guardian and Evening Standard as a Summer 2022 read*

'Fabulous: vivid and funny, sometimes heart-rendingly sad' Guardian

'This is a book to escape with' Spectator

'No one conjures the magic of place like Sadie Jones
... A beautiful, haunting novel about the limits of love and the loss of innocence' Clare Clark

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This is the story of how we came to Frith. And we're never, ever, ever leaving.'


Amy Connell and Lan Honey
are having the best childhood, growing up on a West Country farm - three families, a couple of lodgers, goats, dogs and an orphaned calf called Gabriella Christmas.
The parents are best friends too. Originally from the city, they're learning about farming: growing their own vegetables, milking the goats, slaughtering chickens and scything the hay--

'Mind your eyes! Don't break your neck! Careful!'

The adults are far too busy to keep an eye on Amy and Lan, and Amy and Lan would never tell them about climbing on the high barn roof, or what happened with the axe that time, any more than their parents would tell them the things they get up to - adult things, like betrayal - that threaten to bring the whole fragile idyll tumbling down...

'A gently episodic and humorous tale whose sharp-eyed, effervescent child narrators entertain... Beguilingly readable' Daily Mail

'Jones's evocation of childhood is spot-on: its fierce passions, disaffections, loyalties and suffering' Financial Times

'Mesmerising' Good Housekeeping, *The 10 best books to read this month*

Reviews

  • I adore Sadie Jones' writing... [Amy and Lan is] funny, moving, and really goes to the heart of why trying to change for the better isn't as simple as it sounds
    Elizabeth Day, *Day's Delights*

About the author

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Outcast, won the Costa First Novel Award in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It was also a Richard and Judy Summer Reads number one bestseller and adapted for BBC Television. Her second novel, Small Wars, was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2012, was The Uninvited Guests, followed by Fallout in 2014 andThe Snakes in 2019, all published to critical acclaim.
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