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Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels, a retired general gives up wearing clothes altogether, a spiritualist lives in a cottage with the ghost of her husband, and people think it quite natural to confide in a spider that lives in a potting shed. Based on de Bernières¿ recollections of the village he grew up in, Notwithstanding is a funny and moving depiction of a charming vanished England.

"Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh. He has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste."
--A.S. Byatt, author of The Children's Book
"Comic, benignly forgiving and shot through with threads of nostalgic regret."
"A timely examination of the charming and, at time, heart-wrenchingly sad aspects of English village life... testament to the rude health of the author's own imagination."
"--"Adam O'Riordan, " Financial Times
""The creator of Captain Corelli is fond of an exotic setting and he has found one in his own backyard... The stories are sketches of lives that settle into the atmosphere of a place and make it unique."
"--"Kate Saunders, " The Times"
"From the Hardcover edition."

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