BRITISH VILLAGE LIFE: HEAVEN OR HELL?
Covid has seen thousands of urbanites flee from our cities in search of a country idyll. But does village life live up to the hype? Is it a truly green and pleasant land where happy families raise prize-winning organic veg – or a hotbed of petty resentments populated by small-minded racists in wellington boots? Ayisha Malik, Julie Ma and Amanda Craig, who have all written novels set in rural Britain, discuss the realities of modern village life.