At the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton. It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years. Different voices tell the story of Ulverton- one of Cromwell’s soldiers staggers home to find his wife remarried and promptly disappears, an eighteenth century farmer carries on an affair with a maid under his wife’s nose, a mother writes letters to her imprisoned son, a 1980s real estate company discover a soldier’s skeleton, dated to the time of Cromell… Told through diaries, sermons, letters, drunken pub conversations and film scripts this is a masterful novel that reconstructs the unrecorded history of England. ‘Sometimes you forget that it is a novel, and believe for a moment that you are really hearing the voice of the dead’ Hilary Mantel
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