Xan Brooks Dark mornings. Limited hours of daylight, all-too-soon sunsets and ever-present shadows. The end of the year may be the best time to read Xan Brook’s ‘The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times’. Set in the uncertainty of post-World War One England, this is a story spun out of fireside gatherings where nature reddens its teeth on the borders of the clearing. Here are gently rolling valleys and bold forests re-purposed as sinister homes for the damaged, the slow death of the suburb, broken families and the dissolution of Edwardian patriarchy in a sea of class A drugs.