CARR, J. L. A Month in the Country. London: Cornucopia Press, 1990.
Large 8vo., original forest-green cloth, contrasting pink paper label to upper board and spine; upper edge gilt; original protective acetate jacket; matching pink paper endpapers; title page printed in black and red; pp. [viii], ix-xiii, [iii], 105, [vii]; Henry Sotheran sticker to front paste-down, else fine.
Limited edition, one of 300 copies, this no. 72 signed by the author and by Ronald Blythe, who provides an introduction.
Carr's fifth novel, first published in 1980 and nominated for the Booker Prize. A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal and belief in the future. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place of blissful calm, untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the years.
The book was adapted into a film starring Colin Firth, Natasha Richardson and Kenneth Branagh.