Jude Cook

Humps in the Road

Beneath the Trees of Eden


Bloomsbury 432pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

Any novel that mentions the Baldock bypass on the first page is going to appeal to a certain type of reader, one who knows the A roads of Britain and the difference between a Ford Zephyr and an Austin Cambridge Mark II. Beneath the Trees of Eden is the eighth novel by veteran publisher Tim Binding. It chronicles an epic road trip that begins in 1967 and finishes sometime after the miner’s strike in 1984. Soaked in a postwar English parochialism that’s both comfortingly familiar and (to millennial eyes, perhaps) shockingly alien, the book transcends its quotidian English setting with its hallucinatory prose and characters that seem restlessly redrawn on every page.

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