Published: 03/02/2014
ISBN: 9781783062904
eISBN: 9781783067763
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Howard was born in 1958, and was raised on the family farm near Totnes, in South Devon. apart from two years at Bicton College of Agriculture, he has spent his entire working life on various farms in ... read more

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by Howard Lewis

Frank Anderson is in the depths of despair. After his selfish wife walks out on him, his long-established dairy herd is horrifically wiped out in front of his eyes in the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. Then a botched suicide attempt is followed by some explosive, life-changing news...

My name is Dan Hussey, and I think some years ago you knew my mother Sally: then Sally Ward. Both my parents were killed six months ago in a road accident. My mother had a secret she kept from Dad for obvious reasons. It would appear that he was not my biological father; you are.

Frank discovers he has a grown-up son in London, over from his homeland – Australia – to be with his dying grandmother. A son who subsequently comes to stay with his natural father. How will these two complete strangers get along? And why has the boy’s uncle, who coincidentally lives nearby, been disinherited by his own mother?

Renewal is an uplifting story, gloriously peppered with vivid, often humorous depictions of all sorts of local characters and describing the daily ups and downs, tittle-tattle and trivia that make up life in a small rural community. The author’s descriptive prose whisks the reader along, whilst painting a rich and vibrant portrayal of farming life, the ever-shifting weather patterns and changing seasons in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside. Howard Lewis takes inspiration from a number of authors, including Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, John Stewart Collis and Sebastian Faulks. Renewal will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well-written book that is entertaining, occasionally brings a chuckle or a lump to the throat and ultimately lifts the heart.

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A great read - I found it hard to put down, and when I'd finished it wanted more.

by Trish Barnes

Howard Lewis is an excellent story-teller somewhat in the Neville Shute/A J Cronin style(for those old enough to remember) and I found this a very engaging read and a good evocation of a contemporary english country community.

by Peter Baker

I enjoyed the excellent storyline of 'Renewal'. It was an absorbing read with the colourful differences of the characters - the beautiful area in which the story is set together with touches of humour which was well spread throughout. It kept my interest right to the last page.
I look forward to the next book.

by Peter Ackland

The descriptive language Howard uses is quite poetic - setting a moving background of changing seasons for this heart-warming story. Gentle character building which is not over-exaggerated, and very plausible. A recommended read for anyone with an appreciation of country life

by Caroline Poultney

Howard's story is an easy, lively read, which really captures the realities of life on a farm and all the rural characters.

by Western Morning News


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