This is a beautiful and highly acclaimed debut novel of rural passion set in nineteenth century Cornwall.
Charles Wenmoth is a blacksmith and Methodist lay-preacher in the wildest reaches of South-West England.
It is 1870 and Wenmoth devotes his weekdays to work and the Sabbath to walking great distances to preach to dwindling congregations.
Charles burns with faith - but it's a faith balanced by his pleasure in nature and the physical world around him.
In his relationship with Harriet French, a blind girl who maintains her belief despite her debilitating condition, Wenmoth finds his fragile faith tested in the most trying of circumstances.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 16/03/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571217182
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Review by clare.wigfall
I believe this book to be a quiet masterpiece. Read it.
Review by michalsuz
A superb piece of writing: the central character is a preacher struggling with his life and his faith. He is relatively uneducated, only knows the Bible, and so that is how he writes, sentences without punctuation, non-idiomatic construction. It is absolutely wonderful. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Best First Novel in 2005, and I'd like to know who won, as this would be hard to beat. Oh, and it is also short. Long enough, but short.