- Title: This January Tale
- Author: Bryher
- ISBN: null
- Page: 118
- Format: Hardcover
A story of 11th century England on the eve of the Norman invasion.
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Towards the end of last year I was very taken with a historical novel by an author who wrote under the name Bryher. ‘The Player’s Boy’ was a beautifully written, perfectly evoked, story of one young actor in Jacobean England. Even before I put the book down I knew that I would be seeking out more of Bryher’s work. As I investigated I found mixed reactions to her memoirs, but much praise for her novels. The Cornish Library Service has quite a few in reserve stock, and when I saw ‘This J [...]
The war in this novel is in the background - well at least the fighting is. The novel focuses mainly on the people of Exeter in fear of the approaching Normans. There is the blacksmith who goes to fight but is forced to return through injury and the novel is really his family's story - his wife and stepdaughter and lad he takes in. It had a slow pace and some beautiful descriptions of the Exe estuary. But it was also a novel of belonging and what home means.
1066 and all that but from the losing side. Excellently written novel of the period.
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