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The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs

The Short Day Dying

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Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. 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.


The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs

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 weekdays to work and the Sabbath to walking great distances across country to preach, morning and evening, to ever-dwindling congregations. Wenmoth burns with faith, but it is a faith balanced by an instinctive Gnosticism: 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.


'How rare it is to come across a new novel as beautifully conceived and finished as this... A wonderful book.'
Kirsty Gunn, Observer

'[Wenmoth] is a man of simple faith, whose observations both of the redemptive powers of nature and the cruel nature of rural poverty are beautifully written.'
Ian Marchant, Guardian

About the Author

Peter Hobbs

Peter Hobbs grew up in Cornwall and Yorkshire, and lives in London. The Short Day Dying was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award. His stories have been published in Zembla and New Writing 13.

Author photograph © Chris Clunn

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Publication date

16th March 2006


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Faber And Faber


Paperback (b Format)
208 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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