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The Restraint of Beasts


Shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award: a modern comic classic from 'A British writer to be treasured' (Independent on Sunday) The news couldn't be worse for Tam, Richie and their new supervisor: Mr McCrindle's fence has gone slack. The three of them are duly dispatched to the McCrindle farm, where they finish off the work, then go to England where, after rain-sodden days bashing in fence posts, they wolf down baked beans in their shared caravan and spend their evenings and cash in the local pub. But then they encounter the Hall Brothers -- butchers, rival fencers and local heroes! Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Good classic

by VN6869 on Nov 28, 2013

I ordered for a Friend who was very pleased with the condition and the timeliness of delivery. More

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Beer, Beer, Beer

by William B on May 10, 2012

When I heard Mills was a bus driver turned writer I was immediately interested. But then I discovered that wasn't the whole truth. Apparently Mills was also employed by a UK newspaper, jotted articles regularly, and was probably well steeped in various literary shenanigans. But Mills-the-ex-bus ... More


There's Nothing Nietzsche Couldn't Teach Ya...

by Gregorio on Sep 12, 2007

It's as though Saki (H.H. Munroe) wrote a restrained script for an old Monty Python episode. Very little actually happens in Magnus Mills? The Restraint of Beasts, but that?s precisely the point. Few writers have the ability to build such ominous tension with rain, mud, boots, fence posts, wire, and ... More

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