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The Proof of Love

‘Hall conjures the parched heat of the summer of 1976 as a young Cambridge mathematician finds light and shade in the Cumbrian hills.’

Fiction Uncovered Judges 2011

Synopsis: During the long, hot summer of 1976, a young Cambridge mathematician arrives in a remote village in the Lake District and takes on a job as a farm labourer. Painfully awkward and shy, Spencer Little is viewed with suspicion by the community and his only real friendship is with scruffy, clever ten-year-old Alice. When he saves Alice from a mountain fire, he begins at last to feel accepted, but as he is drawn deeper into the lives of others, he also becomes aware of their secrets – and of the difficulty of keeping his own. As the heatwave intensifies and a web of complicity tightens around him, Spencer realizes that he will be forced to choose: between passion and logic, between loyalty and truth … About Catherine Hall: Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace.

Catherine Hall interviewed about Proof of Love.

Catherine Hall reads from Proof of Love.

Sarah Crown, judge for Fiction Uncovered 2011, on Proof of Love.