The Bell in the Lake: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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The Bell in the Lake: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
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The author of Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month The Sixteen Trees of the Somme and the bestselling Norwegian Wood, Lars Mytting returns with a magnificent tale of loyalty, longing and a young woman’s quest for individual freedom in a remote Norwegian village. Set in the late nineteenth century, The Bell in the Lake opens Mytting’s historical trilogy and demonstrates once again his extraordinary gift for excavating the past and human nature with the same reverent touch.
 

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The first in a rich historical trilogy that draws on legend, by the author of Norwegian Wood and The Sixteen Trees of the Somme.

Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.

Talented architecture student Gerhard Schoenauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schoenauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.

Then the bells begin to toll . . .

Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529408508
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lars Mytting's historical novel is captivating and engaging . . . With his powerful narrative style, intertwined story and detailed knowledge of carpentry, fishing and stave churches, there is reason to believe that this time he will again reach many many readers. * Dagbladet *
Magnificent historical novel * Adresseavisen *

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“Ancient traditions and modern changes...”

The book opens with the story about how the stave church in Butangen in Norway got it’s twin bells and the bells are said to ring on their own when there is danger.

Lars Mytting is very good with descriptions of the... More

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TripFiction

“Novel set in NORWAY at the end of the 19th century (..already one of my books of 2020!...)”

The author’s previous book – The Sixteen Trees of the Somme – was one of my absolutely favourite books of 2017, and a TripFiction Book Club read in September 2018. I therefore started reading The Bell In The Lake with... More

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Amalia Gkavea

“The Bell In The Lake is a haunting journey to Norway, its folklore and heroic legends”

''The Hekne twins were young women when one fell ill. The thought of what this might mean - that the survivor would have to drag her sister's corpse around with her- was unbearable. So their father,... More

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