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No man's land / Simon Tolkien.

Tolkien, Simon, 1959- author. (Author).
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  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Ada Public Library TOL (Text) 33500012422952 Main Available -
Breckenridge Public Library TOL (Text) 33500012422960 Main Available -
Crookston Public Library TOL (Text) 33500012422978 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385541978 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 038554197X (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages ; cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a sudden and tragic end when his mother is killed in a workers' protest march. His father, Daniel, is barely able to cope with the loss. But a job offer in the coal mining town of Scarsdale presents one last chance, so father and son head north. The relocation is hard on Adam: the local boys prove difficult to befriend, and he never quite fits in. Meanwhile tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, escalate, and finally explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam's fate shifts once again, and he finds himself drawn into the opulent Scarsdale family home where he makes an enemy of Sir John's son, Brice, who subjects Adam to a succession of petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. However, Adam finds consolation in the company of Miriam, the local parson's beautiful daughter with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel that his life is finally coming together--until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coal mine to the exposed terrors of the trenches in France; Adam's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 November #2
    *Starred Review* Tolkien, grandson of J. R. R. Tolkien, breaks from his edge-of-the-seat suspense novels in this moving fictional tribute to both his grandfather and the men who fought and died in the Great War. Loosely based on John R. R. Tolkien's life, the two halves of the story describe "no man's land" in both the coal mines of northeastern Derbyshire and the trenches in France. Through an act of astonishing bravery, Adam Raine saves another boy's life during a mine accident, echoing the courage of his father, who dies a hero in a fire at the mine owner's home. This is the turning point in Adam's life:he's adopted by the mine owner and given a chance at worldly success and at wooing the parson's daughter. The war's abrupt intervention, and the machinations of Adam's disgruntled enemies during his absence at the Front, provide a heartwrenching tension, while the pace quickens dramatically throughout the gut-turning episodes of trench warfare. The author's visceral account of the Battle of the Somme underscores the individual suffering and courage involved—an unforgettable paean and a gripping war story, with a sensitive perspective on the home front. This compares in depth of feeling and insight to Elizabeth Speller's The First of July (2013) and to Jeff Shaara's well-researched, absorbing To the Last Man (2004). Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

SIMON TOLKIEN was born in England in 1959 and grew up near Oxford. His grandfather was J. R. R. Tolkien. He studied modern history at Trinity College, Oxford, and then went on to become a lawyer specializing in criminal justice. His novels include Final Witness, The Inheritance, and The King of Diamonds. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

Subject: England > Social life and customs > 20th century > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > England > Fiction.
Social mobility > England > Fiction.
Social status > England > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / War & Military.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
Genre: Historical fiction.
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