The Lovers of Pound Hill
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This is something of an English countryside romp, with serious undertones – hinging on an ancient, naked figure carved into a Hill, with a rather enormous sense of his masculinity – and the archaeological mystery that surrounds him. The figure sits above the south westerly village of Lufferton Boney and makes the villagers uneasy – until the startlingly original Molly Bonner – all of thirty years old and known as Miss Bonner the Archaeologist’s granddaughter – arrives to take charge of investigations.
When city girl Molly Bonner arrives in the village of Lufferton Boney, she creates quite a stir. With her non-country-style boots, determined manner and alluring looks, she sets off a wave of intrigue that ripples through the lives of everyone there, from Julie the barmaid at the Holly Bush to antiques dealer Dryden Fellows and Montmorency the cat.
For Molly is a girl on a mission: to discover the truth behind Lufferton Boney’s most notorious resident, the giant (and slightly obscene) Gnome etched into the face of Pound Hill. And along the way, she has some personal demons to settle…
‘Mavis Cheek seems to have cracked the conundrum of how to write decent novels with popular appeal’ The Times
‘Imagine the wicked social observation of Jilly Cooper mixed with the needle wit of Fay Weldon and you’ll get the picture.’ New Woman
‘Guaranteed entertainment from start to finish’ Time Out
‘No-one does social satire better than Mavis Cheek’ Sainsbury’s Magazine
‘Mavis Cheek delivers yet another terrific social satire in her latest novel, about a group of unlucky in-love villagers living in the shadow of a gnome-shaped fertility symbol etched into the local hill.’ Metro Life
‘Queen of social satire Mavis Cheek delivers another warm and witty romp with ‘The Lovers of Pound Hill’ (Hutchinson). When beautiful archaeologist Molly arrives in a sleepy village, she makes the local residents feel uneasy. But Molly is a woman on a mission – to research a rather obscene fertility symbol etched on to the side of Pound Hill, while settling her own personal demons. A beautiful and intelligent read.’ Good Housekeeping
‘Sparkling entertainment.’ Woman and Home