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The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs
  

The Short Day Dying

Literary Fiction   
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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.

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Synopsis

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 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?

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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Book Info

Publication date

1st June 2005

Author

Peter Hobbs

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Publisher

Faber And Faber

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction


ISBN

9780571217151

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