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The Gate of Air by James Buchan

The Gate of Air is set in a rural county in the west of England. Jim Smith has come there from London after being ousted from his own software company, and bought an old place called Paradise Farm. He's hired a worker who has a long history with the farm, and at night, he has erotic visits from a female ghost. He learns that she's Jean Lampard, a hippie-like wife of a local tycoon who mysteriously disappeared in the 60s. A nude painting of her hangs in a local aristocrat's house and the tycoon's new wife is still jealous of her. Jim Smith is not very welcome in the town and the farm seems to be cursed. He feels like he must understand what happened to Jean if there's any hope of finding comfort on Paradise Farm. James Buchan's novel has received mixed reviews with The Telegraph saying, "This is a tremendous, deeply thoughtful, consistently unsettling character study that just happens to have a rather clever and unknowable ghost in it."
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The Telegraph review by Sinclair McKay

London Times review by John Burnside

The Guardian review by Steven Poole

The Scotsman review by Allan Massie

The Telegraph review by Charles Fernyhough

The Observer review by Edward Marriott

The Independent review by Paul Bailey

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