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The Western Wind Reviews

The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey

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Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 1 Mar 2018
ISBN: 9781787330597

But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village?Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman's death, the story is related by Reve - an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep.

  • The GuardianBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
M John Harrison
1 Mar 2018

"Samantha Harvey’s fourth novel is a richly immersive detective story set in a 15th-century Somerset village"

The Western Wind is as densely packed as all of Harvey’s work: it’s a historical novel full of the liveliness and gristle of the period it depicts; an absorbing mystery with an unpredictable flurry of twists in its last few pages; a scarily nuanced examination of a long-term moral collapse; a beautifully conceived and entangled metaphor for Britain’s shifting relationships with Europe. But most of all it’s a deeply human novel of the grace to be found in people.
 

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