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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 01/03/2018
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'...the questions of faith and the purpose of humanity raised in this bold, impressive and lustrously written reimagining of a past world are as important as the solving of the crime.' - The Daily Mail

15th century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder?

The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can't?

Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman's death, the story is related by Reve - an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep.

Through his eyes, and his indelible voice, Harvey creates a medieval world entirely tangible in its immediacy.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330597
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Less like reading a novel and more akin to time travel’ - Financial Times

'Most of all it's a deeply human novel about the grace to be found in people' - The Guardian.

'Lyrical and literary' - The Times

'Alien yet intimate.' - Daily Telegraph

'…rich and tangled but never slow. Harvey isn't afraid to end a chapter with a jolt of drama, and her language is relaxed, easy on ye olde syntax.' - The Observer

'...the questions of faith and the purpose of humanity raised in this bold, impressive and lustrously written reimagining of a past world are as important as the solving of the crime.' - The Daily Mail

'Harvey's prose is luminous.' - The Sunday Express

'A rich and sumptuous delight' - Daily Telegraph

'She has an eye for poetic, distinctive description, and there are plenty of memorable set pieces.' - The Sunday Times

'The Western Wind is an extraordinary, wise, wild and beautiful book - a thrilling mystery story and a lyrical enquiry into ideas of certainty and belief. Surprising, richly imagined, gloriously strange - the best kind of fiction.' - Joanna Kavenna

'Harvey is up there with the best writers working today. Here she makes the medieval world feel as relevant and pressing as tomorrow morning because - as always - she captures the immutable stuff of the human condition.' - Nathan Filer

'The truly extraordinary thing about this novel is the way Harvey recreates the mindset and beliefs of the medieval world, and makes the concerns of 500 years ago vivid and immediate.' - Alice O'Keefe, Bookseller 

'Alien yet intimate.' - Daily Telegraph

'A consistently interesting contemporary voice.' - Ben East, The National

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Reviews

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“Step back in time...”

This cleverly put together historical novel will not be to everyone’s taste but I did enjoy it. The pace is quite slow.
Set in a small village we follow the disappearance of a man who was swept away. It is one of... More

Hardback edition
3rd April 2018
Helpful? Upvote 19

“Historical fiction at its very best”

Although billed as historical crime fiction, this is so much more than an historical novel or a murder mystery. Despite being set in the 1400s, the characters are as real as any I've ever read and the mystery of... More

Hardback edition
20th March 2018
Helpful? Upvote 7

“For Readers of The Essex Serpent”

Brilliantly conceived novel, 'heard' almost exclusively through the secrecy of the confessional, as we eavesdrop in on the fears and sins of the villagers of 15th Oakham, told to the enigmatic village... More

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