We are fans of J. L. Carr here at Belgravia Books.
This is a slim masterpiece about a visiting art restorer working on a small English Church after the first world war. The local congregation has its peculiar dynamic and shady past. It is a subtle rural drama of blissful escapism.
In the summer of 1920 two men, both war survivors meet in the quiet English countryside. One is living in the church, intent upon uncovering and restoring an historical wall painting while the other camps in the next field in search of a lost grave. Out of their meeting, comes a deeper communion and a catching up of the old primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great War.