Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

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Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

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So, I think it’s likely I just wasn’t a good fit for Hare House and I imagine that readers who enjoy these kinds of stories - rather than get trapped in them against their better judgement - will find it well worth their time. The hot tub is private and enclosed, but take flip flops as you cant access the rear patio directly from the house. My difficulties with this were partly linked to the fact that the tension between the psychological and the supernatural wasn’t resolved in a way I found particularly convincing, and partly to the representation of older and/or single women which seemed quite stereotypical. miles) is perfect for taking the pups for a stroll while others try their hand at archery or climbing.

It certainly wasn't what I was expecting, but I think that is because the book is difficult to categorise: like some of the characters and events within its pages, it is a bit like smoke as you try to grasp hold of it. A woman, about whom details are scant (she is never given a name; her age is only ever approximate; her appearance is never described) leaves London to ‘start a new life’ in rural Scotland. ft of flexible accommodation, the house was configured and built for family living and entertaining. The restoration is being led by project champion Nick Andrews, who is leading an enthusiastic and growing group of willing volunteers to give it a new role as a creative community hub for all of Littleborough’s residents. We get deposited into the story in the middle: something has happened in our narrator’s recent past and she has fled into Scotland, renting a cottage in the grounds of Hare House on something of a whim.The creature’s significance will be clear to anyone familiar with legends of shape-shifting witches, and sets the tone for Hinchcliffe’s eerie and subtle second novel. A little too much meandering and not enough plot for me and I think I'd have liked a bit more folk lore threaded through it too. The rain-swept hinterland of Dumfries and Galloway is one of witches and worry dolls, transgression and transfiguration. Not a book I am trying to claim is objectively perfect, but a book that is perfect to me, that feels precisely calibrated for me.

No specific spoilers; but discusses some points that you might want to read about in the book first. Confusing situation about the bins, could not find a recycling one, hence the main one was full when we left, sorry.Moving into a cottage on the remote estate of Hare House, she begins to explore her new home – a patchwork of hills, moorland and forest. Yet the cold left me feeling alive, as if we were indeed the only things out there that were still living, the only things moving in the whole landscape. The Newall family were major contributors to the building of the first Littleborough Chapel in 1471 and again when Holy Trinity Church was rebuilt in 1820. I understand points of comparison are useful – I’m forever using them in my reviews – but Hare House, in its essence, is an original. The mystery, the setting, the atmosphere… I thought something along the way might be a let down, and I’d fall into the same group of people that hadn’t loved it - I was absolutely wrong, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it; so much more than I thought I would.

This spacious room offers comfy seating to snuggle up on, whilst a wood burner nestling within the inglenook-style fireplace keeps you nice and toasty. Pick up some local produce from one of the butchers nearby and rustle up a hearty Yorkshire breakfast. The beautiful market town of Helmsley (17 miles) is within easy driving distance and is a must on any visit to this area. The locals keep to themselves, the village not easily accessible when the snow hits, an old estate house with what appears to be taxidermy gone mad on display for all to see, and a neighbour who perhaps has more secrets than Hare House. I do think there are a number of unanswered questions that we're left with and it makes me question whether those plot points were really necessary to the story.The entire population has been reduced to around 8 million, most of whom are always on the move and own no more than they can carry.

I think it was made fairly clear what happened at the narrator's school and why she moved to Scotland.The narrator gets caught up in their lives, even though her shrewish neighbour Janet warns her not to. The premise and title, teamed with a direct comparison to Andrew Michael Hurley in the blurb, made me fear it would be derivative; what with the isolated country house and the hare motif, I thought it might be too similar to Starve Acre. The people who fit out cottages should spend a minimum of two nights there so they know what works and what just looks 'cool'. Hare Hill House in Littleborough was originally the home of four generations of the Newall family from 1775 until the 1900s, a family which played a significant role in the development of Littleborough as a thriving and important Pennine Township for 14 generations, from 1453 to 1901.

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