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Fludd

By: Mantel, Hilary

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0007172893 / 9780007172894
Paperback
823.914
18/04/2005
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England
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20 cm 185 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Viking, 1989.
A new Harper Perennial edition of one of Hilary Mantel's classic novels, this is a dark fable of lost faith, mysterious omens and awakening love set among the priests and nuns of a surreal English town deep in the northern moors. / A smart new Harper Perennial edition of a long out-of-print Hilary Mantel classic / Will appeal to all fans of her more recent novels and memoirs. / A dark, witty fairy tale, this is a unique and accessible novel. / Includes a fascinating PS section with an author profile and exclusive essay on the novel.

A new Harper Perennial edition of one of Hilary Mantel's classic novels, this is a dark fable of lost faith, mysterious omens and awakening love set among the priests and nuns of a surreal English town deep in the northern moors.

Fetherhoughton is a drab, dreary town somewhere in a magical, half-real 1950s north England, a preserve of ignorance and superstition protected against the advance of reason by its impenetrable moor-fogs.

Father Angwin, the town's cynical priest, has lost his faith, and wants nothing more than to be left alone.

Sister Philomena strains against the monotony of convent life and the pettiness of her fellow nuns.

The rest of the town goes about their lives in a haze, a never-ending procession of grim, grey days stretching ahead of them.

Yet all of that is about to change. A strange visitor appears one stormy night, bringing with him the hint, the taste of something entirely new, something unknown.

But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the Fetherhoughtonians from their stupor, to reawaken Father Angwin's faith, to show Philomena the nature of love? Or is he the devil himself, a shadowy wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart?Full of dry wit, compassionate characterisations and cutting insight, Fludd is a brilliant gem of a book, and one of Hilary Mantel's most original works.

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