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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts for A Long Shadow by Caroline Kington.

There’s also a fab giveaway on this tour – don’t miss it!

A Long Shadow by Caroline Kington (book cover)

When farmer Dan Maddicott is found shot dead in one of his fields, he leaves behind a young family and a farm deep in debt. Although the coroner records accidental death, village rumours suggest he has taken his own life so that the insurance payout can save his family from ruin.

Dan’s wife, Kate, refuses to believe the gossip and is determined to prove to herself, and her children, that his death was an accident. But could it have been murder? Kate discovers a set of old diaries containing secrets that may reveal how Dan really died.

Set against the backdrop of the farming crisis of the turn of the millennium, Caroline Kington’s absorbing family drama also tells the secret history of another resident of the farm, decades before, whose tragic tale will come to have major repercussions in the present day.

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A Long Shadow is a gripping family drama, which is principally set in 2001, with Kate as narrator. Her husband has been found shot dead in one of his fields and local gossip is wondering whether it was an accident or suicide. Dan, a farmer with financial problems has left his wife and young family to cope with crippling debts. With a recent life insurance plan, this leaves people guessing what happened.

I enjoyed this book having multiple timelines and it has been written splendidly, that I didn’t have any difficulties keeping up with the different parts of the story. Other narrators include Dan from 1990 and leading up to his death, Susan in 1943 and Frank, who shares his part of this story.

I was thoroughly captivated by Susan’s chapter’s and was left feeling saddened, frustrated and shocked.

An interesting book to read with plenty of drama and suspense.

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Caroline Kington spent most of her working life in theatre and television, as a director, producer and founder of the fringe theatre company Antidote Theatre.

Since the death of her husband Miles Kington, the columnist and broadcaster, she has posthumously published three of his books: a humorous memoir of his illness, called How Shall I Tell the Dog?; a collection of his columns and other writings, The Best By Miles; and a collection of his celebrated ‘Franglais’ columns that had not appeared in book form before, Le Bumper Book of Franglais.

In her own right, she is the author of the Summerstoke trilogy of rural comedies. She insists that no character in the series is based on anybody from the small village near Bath where she has lived for many years. Nobody believes her.

Her novel A Long Shadow had its origins in a feature she made for Channel 4 News at the turn of this century about the pressures on farmers as a result of BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.

Connect with Caroline Kington

Twitter: @carolinekington

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