The Beastly Things in the Barn

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Sandra Glover
Educational Printing Services Ltd
�I knew the countryside would inspire me,� she said, dropping two horrible straw hats onto our heads. �You two are perfect. You�ve got that lovely simple, country look.�

Chaos and comic capers abound in Sandra Glover�s latest novel. Life in the countryside seems set for radical change when the Beesley Trings from London, less affectionately known as the Beastly Things, move into the barn that Mark�s dad has converted.

Mad, the mother of the family is a painter of modern art, son Robinson is an aspiring actor who makes his debut appearance shortly prior to striping down and posing in a scanty pair of boxer shorts, the Beesley-Tring father is a collector of bones and skulls and Penny and Benny are the twins whose friendship is bestowed upon unwilling neighbour Mark.

Perception and preconceptions are explored and examined through the course of the novel, with pastoral notions of the countryside juxtaposed with those of modernity and the city. Glover skilfully evades the narrative siding with either set of stereotypes leaving two distinct interpretations to the novel and a satisfying challenge for readers as to whether the Beesley-Trings truly were Beastly Things, or whether Mark�s judgement is entirely to be believed�

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