The Short Day Dying
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The Short Day Dying

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Charles Wenmoth is a young blacksmith and Methodist lay-preacher in the furthest, wildest reaches of south-west England. It is 1870 and preachers such as Wenmoth devote the weekdays to work and the Sabbath to walking great distances across country to preach morning and evening to ever dwindling congregations.

Wenmoth himself burns with faith, but it is a faith balanced by an instinctive agnosticism: a pleasure in nature and the reality of the world around him. His only distraction is a local blind girl, Harriet French, who he is drawn to by the faith she maintains despite her debilitating condition.

Over the course of one long Sabbath, after preaching and travelling through the day, Wenmoth returns to his village and devastating news. Will he finally summon the courage and try to face the doubt that has threatened to consume him for years past?
In a magical act of lyrical ventriloquism, Peter Hobbs’ debut novel recreates a world on the brink of change and a character at the edge of crisis. Gloriously redemptive, powerful and compassionate, The Short Day Dying is a love story of great power and imaginative richness.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Peter
Hobbs

Peter Hobbs is an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer. His first novel The Short Day Dying (Faber, 2005) won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread first novel award, the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and the International Impac Dublin award. It was followed by a collection of short stories I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train (Faber, 2006) and a second novel In the Orchard, the Swallows (Faber, 2012). His writing varies greatly in style, voice and subject, while tackling underlying universal themes.

Peter Hobbs is an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer. His first novel The Short Day Dying (Faber, 2005) won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread first novel award, the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and the International Impac Dublin award. It was followed by a collection of short stories I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train (Faber, 2006) and a second novel In the Orchard, the Swallows (Faber, 2012). His writing varies greatly in style, voice and subject, while tackling underlying universal themes.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
17/03/2005
Country
United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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