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.
About the Author
Samantha Harvey is the author of The Wilderness , All Is Song, Dear Thief and The Western Wind. She made the longlists for the Bailey’s Prize and the Man Booker, and the shortlists of the James Tait Black Award, the Orange Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the Walter Scott Prize.
This book has been a hit with our book groups and is a really original and captivating novel. Telling of a possible murder in 15th century Britain whilst going backwards this novel is brimming with brilliant characters, a playful plot, secrets and suspense as well as one of the years most delightful protagonists and wickedest of villains. Liverpool Library Service England
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