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The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
The Northern Clemency tells the story of two families in Sheffield from the years 1974-1994. The Glovers are a volatile family, and on the day Malcolm Glover storms out of the house, the Sellers move into the neighbourhood from London. They're two middle class families and set against the backdrop of the Thatcher era and the miner's strike, Philip Hensher follows their lives and interactions, exploring not the just the changes in their lives, but the changes in society during that time as well. The events set into motion that day Malcolm leaves reach their zenith twenty years later. The Northern Clemency has received mostly positive reviews with The Independent saying, "What is particularly enjoyable as the reader relaxes into this book is the portrayal of the complexity of family life: the layers, secrets and misunderstandings, the drama of different lives lived under the same roof, by people who are both strangers and kin."