Set in 1936, Haweswater is part furiously passionate and obsessive love story, part tale of an attempt to save a way of life overtaken by industrial development. Beautifully melancholic and emotionally stirring, this homage to landscape, established country ways, family lives and a community soon to be submerged and destroyed, is an evocative read. Hall’s spare writing style, with its continuous tinge of sadness, mirrors the rough landscape of Westmorland and the doomed fate of the sacrificial village of Mardale awaiting it’s watery demise to create a reservoir for the ever-growing sprawl of urban Greater Manchester. This is a exquisitely crafted work with undertones of a disaster waiting to happen and will not fail to surprise or delight; you will probably cry. Superb.