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Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd



ISBN: 9781473672291 Category: Tags: ,


‘A STRIKINGLY SHARP AND SUBTLE WRITER’ Guardian ‘SUPERB…BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN…UNFORGETTABLE’ FT Weekend ‘SKILFUL’ Sunday Times ‘RICH INTRICATE IMPRESSIVELY REALISED’ Observer ‘VIVIDLY REALISED’ The Times ‘A VISION OF THE PAST AND A VISION OF THE FUTURE’ Irish Times ‘A VIVID SLICE OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Sunday Express 1815 Sumbawa Island Indonesia Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption killing thousands. Sent to investigate ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise the island is now solid ash the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come: as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun the seasons will fail. 1816 In Switzerland Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve. In Suffolk the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter returned from the Napoleonic wars finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life whatever the cost. As desperation sets in Britain becomes beset by riots – rebellion is in the air. The Year Without Summer is the story of the books written the art made; of the journeys taken of the love longed for and the lives lost during that fateful year. Six separate lives connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora – but none could escape its effects. ‘VIVID VIBRANT HARD TO PUT DOWN’ Hilary Spurling ‘THOUGHT-PROVOKING BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND VERY COMPELLING’ Harriet Tyce ‘INGENIOUS AND ABSORBING’ Kirsty Wark ‘ASTONISHING RIVETING MASTERFUL POETIC’ Emily Rapp Black ‘A WORLDWIDE CANVAS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN VIVID HEARTBREAKING DETAIL’ Marianne Kavanagh

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Weight 640 g
Dimensions 236 × 162 × 40 mm


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