Seldom Seen

Seldom Seen Desiree White was walking through the fields of winter wheat and oilseed rape when she saw it She picked the newspaper bundle out of the ditch and took it to the phone box Across the baby s tiny body

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  • Title: Seldom Seen
  • Author: Sarah Ridgard
  • ISBN: 9780091944124
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Desiree White was walking through the fields of winter wheat and oilseed rape when she saw it.She picked the newspaper bundle out of the ditch and took it to the phone box.Across the baby s tiny body she could see a faint tattoo of Lady Di s face where some of the newsprint had rubbed off It was like finding a featherless bird fallen out of its nest No one had ever botheDesiree White was walking through the fields of winter wheat and oilseed rape when she saw it.She picked the newspaper bundle out of the ditch and took it to the phone box.Across the baby s tiny body she could see a faint tattoo of Lady Di s face where some of the newsprint had rubbed off It was like finding a featherless bird fallen out of its nest No one had ever bothered much about Desiree but now everyone is interested in her, in what she saw, in who the parents might be and why they d dump a baby Even Bernie Capon, her older brother s best friend, wants to know what she thinks As years go by and everyone else moves on with their lives, Desiree feels stuck, unable to forget what she saw that day Somehow she owes it to the baby to solve the mystery But when she starts to make connections which bring the truth dangerously close to home, it seems that some secrets are best left alone.

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    1. Seldom Seen is a mix if genres; part crime fiction, part coming of age story, part magical realism and also a glimpse into the realities of rural life.For anyone wanting a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller Seldom Seen is not for you; the story develops slowly and in small bits that seem disconnected and more to do with the inhabitants of Desiree's rural community than the death of a baby. Yet persevere, as these separate stories all become linked later on.It is a slow but engaging mystery, [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book because if felt like a fresh voice and fresh subject matter. Gothic horror set in the country , 14 year old main character, dysfunctional family, nosey neighbours, feeling very claustrophobic despite lots of space and working class lives. The main character, Diseree, named after the potatoes is an engaging character and you quickly engage and empathise with her in her isolated existence where she seems neglected yet strong and self-sufficient. She speaks about tough situation [...]

    3. Seldom Seen is set in a small Suffolk village, and follows Desiree Smith and her family during the summer of the royal wedding in 1981, and also six years later when Desiree is a young woman of 21. It begins with a pivotal moment in Desiree's life when she makes the gruesome discovery of a dead baby, wrapped in newspaper and abandoned in a ditch. This discovery is to have repurcussions throughout the whole village and for Desiree personally. Seldom Seen has the most wonderful opening line: "I s [...]

    4. Seldom Seen is a little gem of a book set in rural Suffolk (with a brief visit to Norfolk) in the 1980s, not far in time and place from where I was growing up just over the border in Essex, so the book felt very familiar to me. It tells the story of Desiree White, an awkward teenager, who hides in ditches and knows lots of secrets about her community. She discovers a baby thrown in the ditch wrapped in newspaper, which sets of a chain of events disrupting her, her family and friends, and her com [...]

    5. This is a beautiful book. Literally. The cover is a triumph. Inside, the words are equally elegant as we learn about life in rural Suffolk in the 1980s. But this is not a romantic view of cosy cottages, this is a tale with death and poverty and mental illness and deceit. Beware, the book has a high body count! It also includes subjects such as: nuclear power; the use of pesticides on the land; class conflict; sibling rivalry, all handled in a subtle and compelling way. We are taken into the worl [...]

    6. I think I read this novel too slowly so it fell a bit short of the pacing it deserved. A nice sense of build up throughout, of impending doom. Of small rural communities where everyone knows everything and at the same time nothing about everyone's business. The land itself was a central character - revealing and hiding at its will. I think Ridgard shows real promise and I'll keep an eye out for her in future.

    7. It's late at night and I have just finished this book after starting this morning. It reminded me of Twin Peaks in many ways with its small town carry-ons and ghostly undertones. I loved the main character, she showed beautifully how still rivers can run deep. The depth with which the whole community was drawn is breath taking. A beautiful and compelling read. Totally recommend.

    8. The woodcut style cover drew me to this book but what kept me reading was the story that was gradually revealed. I particularly liked the lore of the field names and the way that the author obviously knew her setting inside out.

    9. The story is set in the area where I live and has a really strong sense of place. I thoroughly enjoyed it, poor little Peewit.

    10. Sorry, but I didn't understand or take to this book. I couldn't blend into the story and so I grew bored and struggled through it until the end. Shame, really.

    11. yep, the nasty side of the countryside is always the people. Well written, enjoyably nasty and oddly familiar in places.

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