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    The Year Without Summer: 1816 - one event, six lives, a world changed - longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2021

    £8.99
    A supervolcanic explosion in 1815 led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816 - a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty, rebellion - one event, six lives, and a world changed.
    ISBN: 9781473672338
    AuthorGuinevere Glasfurd
    Pub Date18/02/2021
    BindingPaperback
    Pages416
    Availability: In Stock

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT HISTORICAL FICTION PRIZE 2021
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD 2020
    'A STRIKINGLY SHARP AND SUBTLE WRITER' Guardian
    'SUPERB...BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN...UNFORGETTABLE' FT Weekend
    'SKILFUL' Sunday Times
    'RICH, INTRICATE, IMPRESSIVELY REALISED' Observer
    'VIVIDLY REALISED' The Times
    'A VISION OF THE PAST AND A VISION OF THE FUTURE' Irish Times
    'A VIVID SLICE OF HISTORICAL FICTION' Sunday Express

    1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia
    Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hoggcan barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come: as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail.

    1816
    In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve.

    In Suffolk, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. As desperation sets in, Britain becomes beset by riots - rebellion is in the air.

    The Year Without Summer is the story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost during that fateful year. Six separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora - but none could escape its effects.

    'VIVID, VIBRANT, HARD TO PUT DOWN' Hilary Spurling
    'THOUGHT-PROVOKING, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND VERY COMPELLING' Harriet Tyce
    'INGENIOUS AND ABSORBING' Kirsty Wark
    'ASTONISHING, RIVETING, MASTERFUL, POETIC' Emily Rapp Black
    'A WORLDWIDE CANVAS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN VIVID, HEARTBREAKING DETAIL' Marianne Kavanagh

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    LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT HISTORICAL FICTION PRIZE 2021
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD 2020
    'A STRIKINGLY SHARP AND SUBTLE WRITER' Guardian
    'SUPERB...BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN...UNFORGETTABLE' FT Weekend
    'SKILFUL' Sunday Times
    'RICH, INTRICATE, IMPRESSIVELY REALISED' Observer
    'VIVIDLY REALISED' The Times
    'A VISION OF THE PAST AND A VISION OF THE FUTURE' Irish Times
    'A VIVID SLICE OF HISTORICAL FICTION' Sunday Express

    1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia
    Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hoggcan barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come: as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail.

    1816
    In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve.

    In Suffolk, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. As desperation sets in, Britain becomes beset by riots - rebellion is in the air.

    The Year Without Summer is the story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost during that fateful year. Six separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora - but none could escape its effects.

    'VIVID, VIBRANT, HARD TO PUT DOWN' Hilary Spurling
    'THOUGHT-PROVOKING, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND VERY COMPELLING' Harriet Tyce
    'INGENIOUS AND ABSORBING' Kirsty Wark
    'ASTONISHING, RIVETING, MASTERFUL, POETIC' Emily Rapp Black
    'A WORLDWIDE CANVAS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN VIVID, HEARTBREAKING DETAIL' Marianne Kavanagh