Longlisted for the prestigious 2010 Orange Prize.
April 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
February 2010 Book of the Month.
Set just after the English Civil war this historical family drama is rich in historical detail. McCann has obviously researched the period well and it comes through in the fascinating insights in to the time and characters. Part family drama, part thriller this is a real page turner and we look forward to seeing more from this author in the future.
In her second novel Maria McCann returns to 17th Century England, where life is struggling to return to normal after the horrific tumult of the Civil War. In the village of Spadboro Jonathan Dymond, a 26-year old cider-maker who lives with his parents, has until now enjoyed a quiet, harmonious existence. As the novel opens, a letter arrives from his uncle with a desperate request to speak with his father. When his father returns from the visit the next day, all he can say is that Jonathan's uncle has died. Then Jonathan finds a fragment of the letter in the family orchard, with talk of inheritance and vengeance. He resolves to unravel the mystery at the heart of his family - a mystery which will eventually threaten the lives and happiness of Jonathan and all those he holds dear.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Faber and Faber
|Publication date:||4th February 2010|
|Publisher:||Faber and Faber|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
Maria McCann’s first novel, As Meat Loves Salt, was published by Flamingo in 2000 to huge acclaim: Andrew Marr praised it as ‘outstanding…with all the dirt, stink, rasp and flavour of the time’ and Lionel Shriver called it ‘riveting’. Maria’s fiction has also been published in various anthologies. Since 1986 Maria has been living and working in Somerset, apart from one year spent teaching in France. She combines teaching and writing with other interests such as voluntary communities and the allotments movement.More About Maria McCann