JOSH LAWTON, a young Cumbrian orphan and farm worker, is an exceptionally good man.
Strong and athletic, he is trained to be a fell runner by Cedric, a garrulous ex-soldier who takes Josh under his wing. But Cedric is alienated when Josh falls in love with Maureen, a worldly girl from the neighbouring town, marries her and fathers a child.
However, the quiet and simple life that Josh loves does not satisfy Maureen who seeks excitement back home in the arms of her former lover, a local bully.
The betrayal brings Cedric back into Josh's life, eager to discredit the woman who had usurped him. It also leads to a climax that is both inevitable and shocking: Josh, who hates fighting, is drawn into a battle with Maureen's lover and is killed. Cedric, filled with revenge, can only turn his knife on himself. The novel's tragic ending is both a warning against simplicity and a cry for its presence in everything.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/03/1989
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340494806