This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of an 18th-century eccentric landowner on the Welsh borders, who offered someone £50 a year for seven years to live in his cellar, so he could observe the effects of solitary confinement. Nathan is a little-known author who turned to writing later on in life — and now counts Hilary Mantel as a fan.
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5