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Laura Beatty
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Pollardtells the story of Anne, a bag lady, seen in the town as one of the older ones from 'la la land'. Long ago, when she was fifteen, she ran away and made her life alone in the woods. It is her narrative that the reader hears, as Anne survives her first winter. She makes a shelter with her own hands, and decorates it; she forages for things to eat, experiences the pangs of love, watches the foxes and the deer and the changing seasons as the years go by. And in the wood there are other voices: the forest itself, the night, a man with a gun, boys splashing in pools ... and the sound of distant chain-saws, heralding footpaths under the trees and walkways in the canopy.

Laura Beatty has a gift for empathy and for challenging the reader. This is writing of the highest calibre.

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LAURA BEATTY lives in the middle of Salcey, one of the very few remaining medieval hunting forests in England. The forest, she says, has provided us with food, forage, fuel, materials for building and transport - yet it is also the place where we keep our bogeymen, where witches live, and where characters go in 'and come out wiser or sadder or dead or different'.

Laura Beatty is married with three children.She is the author of a a book about Anne Boleyn, written for children, and a biography of Lillie Langtry, described as 'unputdownable' (Express), 'vastly entertaining' (Observer), 'fresh and revealing' (Literary Review) and 'irresistibly enjoyable' (Sunday Telegraph).

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Runaway teenagers - Fiction.|Homeless women - Fiction.|Marginality, Social - Fiction.|Forests and forestry - Social aspects - Fiction.|Nature - Effect of human beings on - Fiction.
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