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?
Publication date: 01/06/2005
Publisher: Faber And Faber
|Publication date:||1st June 2005|
|Publisher:||Faber And Faber|
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 Â© Chris ClunnMore About Peter Hobbs