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The Outcast

by Sadie Jones

The Outcast by Sadie Jones
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2008, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2009, 368 pages

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Surrey

The landscape in which The Outcast is set plays a large role in the overall feel of the novel.  Much of the story takes place in the county of Surrey, just south of London.  Most of Surrey lies in the "Green Belt" (a ring of rural land around London protected from excess development), making it a popular place of residence for those commuting into London who can afford the high house prices.  With a population of about 1.1 million, Surrey is the most populated rural country in England, but there is still plentiful open space and large areas of woodland.  In fact, Surrey is the most wooded county in England, with over 1/5th of the land covered by woodland including some of the oldest woods in England.  Foot and bridle paths wind their way through much of the terrain, making walking and horseback riding popular pastimes, both ...

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