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The Hired Man

Aminatta Forna

The new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Writer' s Prize, The Hired Man is a taut, powerful novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets, unwittingly brought into the light by a family of outsiders. Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of our most perceptive and uncompromising chroniclers of war and the way it reverberates, sometimes imperceptibly, in the daily lives of those touched by it. With The Hired Man, she has delivered a tale of a Croatian village after the War of Independence, and a family of newcomers who expose its secrets. Duro is off on a morning' s hunt when he sees something one rarely does in Gost: a strange car. Later that day, he overhears its occupants, a British woman, Laura, and her two children, who have taken up residence in a house Duro knows well. He offers his assistance getting their water working again, and soon he is at the house every day, helping get it ready as their summer cottage, and serving as Laura' s trusted confidant. But the other residents of Gost are not as pleased to have the interlopers, and as Duro and Laura' s daughter Grace uncover and begin to restore a mosaic in the front that has been plastered over, Duro must be increasingly creative to shield the family from the town' s hostility, and his own past with the house' s former occupants. As the inhabitants of Gost go about their days, working, striving to better themselves and their town, and arguing, the town' s volatile truths whisper ever louder. A masterpiece of storytelling haunted by lost love and a restrained menace, this novel recalls Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Anil' s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The Hired Man confirms Aminatta Forna as one of our most important writers.

The new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Writer' s Prize, The Hired Man is a taut, powerful novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets, unwittingly brought into the light by a family of outsiders. Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of our most perceptive and uncompromising chroniclers of war and the way it reverberates, sometimes imperceptibly, in the daily lives of those touched by it. With The Hired Man, she has delivered a tale of a Croatian village after the War of Independence, and a family of newcomers who expose its secrets. Duro is off on a morning' s hunt when he sees something one rarely does in Gost: a strange car. Later that day, he overhears its occupants, a British woman, Laura, and her two children, who have taken up residence in a house Duro knows well. He offers his assistance getting their water working again, and soon he is at the house every day, helping get it ready as their summer cottage, and serving as Laura' s trusted confidant. But the other residents of Gost are not as pleased to have the interlopers, and as Duro and Laura' s daughter Grace uncover and begin to restore a mosaic in the front that has been plastered over, Duro must be increasingly creative to shield the family from the town' s hostility, and his own past with the house' s former occupants. As the inhabitants of Gost go about their days, working, striving to better themselves and their town, and arguing, the town' s volatile truths whisper ever louder. A masterpiece of storytelling haunted by lost love and a restrained menace, this novel recalls Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Anil' s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The Hired Man confirms Aminatta Forna as one of our most important writers.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Writer' s Prize, The Hired Man is a taut, powerful novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets, unwittingly brought into the light by a family of outsiders. Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of our most perceptive and uncompromising chroniclers of war and the way it reverberates, sometimes imperceptibly, in the daily lives of those touched by it. With The Hired Man, she has delivered a tale of a Croatian village after the War of Independence, and a family of newcomers who expose its secrets. Duro is off on a morning' s hunt when he sees something one rarely does in Gost: a strange car. Later that day, he overhears its occupants, a British woman, Laura, and her two children, who have taken up residence in a house Duro knows well. He offers his assistance getting their water working again, and soon he is at the house every day, helping get it ready as their summer cottage, and serving as Laura' s trusted confidant. But the other residents of Gost are not as pleased to have the interlopers, and as Duro and Laura' s daughter Grace uncover and begin to restore a mosaic in the front that has been plastered over, Duro must be increasingly creative to shield the family from the town' s hostility, and his own past with the house' s former occupants. As the inhabitants of Gost go about their days, working, striving to better themselves and their town, and arguing, the town' s volatile truths whisper ever louder. A masterpiece of storytelling haunted by lost love and a restrained menace, this novel recalls Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Anil' s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The Hired Man confirms Aminatta Forna as one of our most important writers.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Ledbetter

Length:

9h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

31:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

30:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

30:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

33:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

33:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:46