Mary Hocking has been a rather delightful discovery this year – and The Very Dead of Winter is the fourth novel I have read. She is the kind of writer that will be appreciated by fans of Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Pym, although she isn’t exactly like either of them – there are traits however – her canvases are small, and her observations of people and family life acute. The beginning of the journey had been enchanting. Porcelain blue sky and the sparkling white canopy transformed dingy street Mary Hocking has been a rather delightful discovery this year – and The Very Dead of Winter is the. The book was a success and enabled Mary to relinquish her full time occupation to devote her time to writing. Even so, when she came to her beloved Lewes in 1961, she still took a part-time appointment, as a secretary, with the East Sussex Educational Psychology department.
Like many other bloggers and readers, I first discovered Mary Hocking through Ali’s sterling efforts in championing her work over the past couple of years.
Mary Hocking writes with feeling and deftly explores the emotional upheavals of family life and the conflicts of the past. This was the first of my Christmas reads – I will probably intersperse them with non-Christmassy books – and although this novel is set at Christmas – it doesn’t ram the season down your throat – making it a great read for anytime of the year
The Very Dead of Winter. Paperback Ebook Hardback. Here, with characteristic insight and compassion, Mary Hocking unravels different kinds of love and need. As precise and glittering as a snow crystal, Hocking's prose slices into the frozen hearts of her characters. A subtle and unusual novelist. Mary Hocking is an undisguised blessing. Books by Mary Hocking.
In the very dead of winter they assemble at a remote country cottage enveloped by snow. Florence, his manipulative wife, views Konrad's imminent death with annoyance; their two grown-up children bear the scars of this imperfect union.
A very appropriate title for this book; The Very Dead of Winter. His wife Florence wants to take him and have their two children, Nicholas & Anita, meet them at her sister, Sophia's home deep in the wood. The house belonged to the sister's grandmother before them and they almost always spent the holidays there with all of the family. Sophia has never married and lives there with her nearly feral cat and a few neighbors scattered throughout the wood. They all drive the dangerously icy roads to Aunt Sophia's and arrive safely except for Anita's boyfriend. I find Mary Hocking to be a lovely writer. She never disappoints.
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In the very dead of winter they assemble at a remote country cottage enveloped in snow. Mary Hocking has also written Good Daughters, Indifferent Heroes, Welcome Strangers and An Irrelevant Women. ISBN13:9781853817342. Release Date:March 1994.