A blast from the past

Hey everyone!
As I've said before, I love to read. I am a total book addict. I've been reading for as long as I can remember and many people have asked me what my favourite book is. Oh man! What a question lol. How could I pick a favourite?
I don't know if I could pick just one but I thought I would share one book that will always stay in my memory. It's called Precious Bane by Mary Webb. I first read it about 20 years ago and have re-read it many times.
It was first published in 1924 and is set a hundred years before that. It is set in rural shropshire just after the napoleonic wars. It is told in a first person narrative by the main character, Prue Sarn, a simple country girl. Cursed with a hare-lip and barely tolerated by the superstitious people she lives amongst. This is the story of her life and her seemingly impossible love for the weaver Kester Woodseaves.
Now I've had to read the Hardy stories for school English while the teachers waxed on about how nobody was better at describing the English countryside. Well they obviously haven't read this book. The language and description is flawless. You can almost touch, smell and taste the surroundings it is so well described.
The story is told from Prue's point of view and is really cleverly done, using all the coloquialisms that a simple country girl would use. And, as such, you immediately connect with her. Rooting for her through her struggles.
There are very strong and sometimes tragic themes in this story but it always leaves me with a warm feeling due to Prue's interpretation of life and appreciation of all that surrounds her. She is one of my most favourite characters ever.
This is an often overlooked gem of English literature and I heartily recommend it :)

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