The Lie of the Land concerns Quentin and Lottie Bredin, forced by the recession and the loss of their jobs to leave a gilded metropolitan life in London to rent a damp, dingy farmhouse in Devon. Lottie's teenage son Xan has missed the grades for his offer from Cambridge and gets a zero-hours contract working at a pie-factory, while his little sisters are enrolled at the village school. All are in shock in this strange new existence, where voting for UKIP and shooting foxes is normal; unlike their neighbours they have no idea what happened in their new home a year ago to make the rent so low.
This is a novel about two very different sides of the nation, especially the forgotten people of the provinces often sneered at or sentimentalised by those living in cities. It's a black comedy about a marriage in crisis which may or may not be changed by experiencing loss, bereavement, humiliation and enforced proximity. It's a psychological suspense story which builds to a brutal climax; and it is a novel unlike any you have read about the countryside before.