VGC.Macmillan,2003.First edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2).Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small tear/nick on the back cover) with Dj(some creases and nicks on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Nice and clean pages with a small mark and ink mark on the outer edges,small mark,crease and small nicks on the edges of the pages.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.502pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Product Description: When a family is pushed from its home, the sense of injustice never dies.a spellbinding novel of love, loyalty and of the ties that bind In 1942, after half a century of farming Middlemere, their isolated tenant farm, the Cole family are to be evicted from their home. While Martha Cole and her young son Jem have fled the house, her husband, Sam, and their daughter, Romy are hiding inside barricading themselves against intruders. When Sam brandishes a shotgun, the police are called in, and nine year old Romy sees her father shot dead. Years later, Martha Cole has remarried and lives with her family in a small council house. Romy, now nineteen, is quick and clever, passionate and single-minded. She schemes to restore the family fortunes, to rescue her mother from drudgery and to care for her younger brother, Jem, a charming scoundrel who is always in trouble. She remembers Middlemere with longing, comparing its peace and beauty to her present surroundings. She has never forgotten - or forgiven - the violence and injustice of her family's eviction.