Cross and Poppy: A Village Tale

Cross and Poppy: A Village Tale

by G MW Wemyss


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Trollopean clerics, comic peers with hidden depths, the villagers of a thousand cosy English novels ... but in a very modern world: our own.

The Woolfonts are the prettiest and most placid villages in England. There's a Free School; a real-ale pub; a district XI that sweeps all before it; three splendid old churches; and the duke of Taunton presiding in a kindly way over it all - and he's not, actually, the light comedy turn he chooses to pretend to be.

There's a celebrated restaurant, as well, run by the celebrated 'Hipster Chef', and he's not the only village celebrity: there's also his same-sex partner, a former Man City striker; and a former England cricketer; and a pretty Hon. - no rebel, she - who runs the Woolbury Stud; and there's Sher Mirza, English and Music master at the Free School: a devastatingly handsome British Pakistani who's an acknowledged and expert scholar of English choral and church music ... and a devout Muslim.

There's nothing wanting in the Woolfonts save a new Rector. They get him, a young, absurdly attractive Anglo-Catholic priest and recent widower from the Midlands, Fr Noel Paddick.

The villagers and gentry also get a spate of death, bigotry, persecution, fire, storms, and attempted murder. And they certainly didn't anticipate an unlikely love triangle, or that a bittersweet attachment - bringing both pain and grace to the new Rector and the English master alike - should play out, before the sympathetic villagers, between the Summer fête and the crosses and poppies of Remembrance Sunday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493746705
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Series: Village Tales , #1
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

GMW Wemyss is the beloved West Country essayist; co-editor and co-annotator of critical volumes of Kipling and Kenneth Grahame; and an historian who has chronicled the loss of RMS Titanic, the fall of Chamberlain's government, and that portentous year, 1937. This, the first in a series, is his first novel under this name.

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