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The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd

The Year Without Summer: the new novel from the author of The Words in My Hand

Guinevere Glasfurd

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2 reviews

Imprint: Two Roads
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781473672291

In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever. By the Costa shortlisted author of The Words in My Hand.

3 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
2 Feb 2020

"Glasfurd is a skilful writer and the book offers much to enjoy"

In 1815, Mount Tambora in Indonesia exploded, spewing ash into the atmosphere. In Europe and America, the consequences were felt in disastrous changes in the weather. Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Year Without Summer (Two Roads £16.99) gives fictional form to the impact the eruption had on the lives of half a dozen contemporaries who would not even have known it had occurred, including the artist John Constable; an American preacher whose followers are ruined by crop failures; and a young farm labourer in the Fenlands who rebels against the injustices she faces. As the narrative jumps from story to story, its episodic structure becomes a limitation, but Glasfurd is a skilful writer and the book offers much to enjoy.

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5 stars out of 5
Sue Gaisford
24 Jan 2020

"an angry and unforgettable novel"

That is the real strength of this beautifully written, angry, unflinching and unforgettable novel. As Australia burns and glaciers melt away, these are sobering times in which to read, in detail, of the real and widespread suffering caused by a relatively small, sudden and temporary change in our climate, and of the tragedy of large numbers of starving people moving ever onwards, hoping for a chance of survival in an unfair world.