Hugh Arkwright's remote childhood in the Central African bush, and its sudden disruption, leaves him with a legacy of magic, mystery, and tragic loss.
Late in his life, he returns to the gaunt house in Ulverton where he was brought up by his eccentric uncle, and finds that the old ghosts still walk.
The more he excavates his own past, the deeper he finds the traces of ancient horrors.
The autumnal air of Ulverton begins to take on the taint of corruption, and a mystery starts that ends with vengeance, murder and a sudden, staggering revelation.
The mild English manners of the village of darkness beneath the heart of oak.
PIECES OF LIGHT is a modern novel steeped in a resonant past; where rural England and colonial Africa collide.
Densely wrought and vividly imagined, Adam Thorpe's return to Ulverton is a fictional triumph - thrilling and unforgettable.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 478 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 30/09/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099272694
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Review by stephenmurphy
Not the masterpiece (and I mean MASTERPIECE) that was 'No telling', but nevertheless avery engaging and in parts horrifying read. There is almost too much going on here - we perhaps don't need the ghosty elements of it, but if one couples the spot on childhood memoir with the fantastic aging/senile passages, there is some ferociously brilliant writing. I strongly reccomend this book to anyone whio likes their books to have a good story wioth stylistic and structural surprises.