An Instance of the Fingerpost: Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller (Paperback)
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An Instance of the Fingerpost: Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller (Paperback)

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Published: 03/09/1998
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'A fictional tour de force which combines erudition with mystery' PD James

Oxford in the 1660s. Sarah Blundy stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College.

Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles II, a mathematician, theologian and master spy; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiquary.

Each one tells their version of what happened but only one reveals the extraordinary truth. Brilliantly written and utterly convincing, An Instance of the Fingerpost is gripping from the first page to the last.

'A novel that combines the simple pleasures of Agatha Christie with the intellectual subtlety of Umberto Eco, don't let it pass by unread.' The Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099751816
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 506 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm


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One of the very best historical novels ever written - Tom Holland

The kind of book that has you reading it by torchlight under the bedclothes. An historical detective story set to rival The Name of the Rose, it provides the rare pleasure of combining an intricate plot with insight into the political intrigues of Restoration England - The Times

Pear's novel interweaves the grand narratives and the personal tragedies of history with a slippery thriller of audacious ingenuity - Independent on Sunday

A deeply scholarly thriller, but with the learning worn lightly and all the elements of the plot clicking together smoothly - Independent

The best fiction I have read in a long time - Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year*

Anyone who reads this will want to tell their friends about it... This is a novel that combines the simple pleasures of Agatha Christie with the intellectual subtlety of Umberto Eco, don't let it pass by unread - Sunday Times

A fictional tour de force which combines erudition with mystery

Brilliantly researched and imagined...a remarkable achievement - Sunday Telegraph

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