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No Man's Land - A Novel

Simon Tolkien

Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a sudden and tragic end when his mother is killed in a workers' protest march. His father, Daniel, is barely able to cope with the loss. But a job offer in the coal mining town of Scarsdale presents one last chance, so father and son head north. The relocation is hard on Adam: the local boys prove difficult to befriend, and he never quite fits in. Meanwhile tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, escalate, and finally explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam's fate shifts once again, and he finds himself drawn into the opulent Scarsdale family home where he makes an enemy of Sir John's son, Brice, who subjects Adam to a succession of petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. However, Adam finds consolation in the company of Miriam, the local parson's beautiful daughter with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel that his life is finally coming together-until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coal mine to the exposed terrors of the trenches in France; Adam's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a sudden and tragic end when his mother is killed in a workers' protest march. His father, Daniel, is barely able to cope with the loss. But a job offer in the coal mining town of Scarsdale presents one last chance, so father and son head north. The relocation is hard on Adam: the local boys prove difficult to befriend, and he never quite fits in. Meanwhile tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, escalate, and finally explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam's fate shifts once again, and he finds himself drawn into the opulent Scarsdale family home where he makes an enemy of Sir John's son, Brice, who subjects Adam to a succession of petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. However, Adam finds consolation in the company of Miriam, the local parson's beautiful daughter with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel that his life is finally coming together-until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coal mine to the exposed terrors of the trenches in France; Adam's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.
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Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a sudden and tragic end when his mother is killed in a workers' protest march. His father, Daniel, is barely able to cope with the loss. But a job offer in the coal mining town of Scarsdale presents one last chance, so father and son head north. The relocation is hard on Adam: the local boys prove difficult to befriend, and he never quite fits in. Meanwhile tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, escalate, and finally explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam's fate shifts once again, and he finds himself drawn into the opulent Scarsdale family home where he makes an enemy of Sir John's son, Brice, who subjects Adam to a succession of petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. However, Adam finds consolation in the company of Miriam, the local parson's beautiful daughter with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel that his life is finally coming together-until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coal mine to the exposed terrors of the trenches in France; Adam's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christian Coulson

Length:

19h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:18


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:45


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:36


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:25


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:11


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:07


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:24


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:26


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:33


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:19


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:51


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:00


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:31


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:04


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:49


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:04


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:26


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:34


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:31


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:26


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:04


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:52


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:52


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:56


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:09


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:17


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:34


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:22


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:35


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:47


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:18


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:25


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:29


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:46


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:22


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:30


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:38


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:12


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:54


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:51


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:21


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:09


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:28


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:03


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:35


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

08:46


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

08:50


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:03


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:46


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:32


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

00:27