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The Western Wind
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
Oakham, near Bruton, is a tiny village by a big river without a bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found. Was it murder, or suicide, or an accident? The whole story is relayed by the village priest, John Reve, who in his role as confessor is privy to a lot of information that others have not. But will he be able to explain what happened to the victim, Tom Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can’t? Reve is an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and through his words Harvey creates a medieval world that is in no way alien but almost tangible in its immediacy. His language is modern, but steeped in medieval culture and beliefs. This is Samantha Harvey’s fourth novel. The previous three appeared on countless prize lists, from the Bailey’s Prize to the Man Booker. The Western Wind will surely join them.
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jfount
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Mehso-so

Kind of an inside out and backwards murder mystery, really cleverly written; but I have to say it felt less historical the more I read of it. “So-so” is probably too harsh but this was ultimately a little meh for me.

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Aimeesue
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I love this cover. Hope the inside is as good as the outside.

Jas16 That is an amazing cover 2mo
readordierachel "This generation's Virginia Woolf"! Sounds very promising. 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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Simona Must read for fans of The Name of the Rose? I have read a few reviews of this book, and for the first time I see this comparison ... stacked! 3mo
Lcsmcat Intriguing. Stacked. 3mo
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Jedi_Bruno
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
Panpan

That was a hard one to finish. Anti-climatic ending and not much of a plot. Written in the same style as ‘Drive Your Plow Over a the Bones of the Dead‘, the story is written entirely from the point of view of the narrator‘s internal musings and thoughts, with the main protagonist being the town of Oakham rather than any specific character. I essentially read the same book twice this year, just written by two different authors. Skip this book.

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BookwormM
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
Pickpick

#Netgalley #TheWesternWind #ARC

Slow paced character driven medieval murder mystery.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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BookwormM
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey

#netgalley #ARC #thewesternwind up next on the Kindle

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lampbane
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Pickpick

I honestly don't remember why I requested this from the library, but I decided to give it a shot and ended up really enjoying it! It's a murder mystery set in a medeival village, told from the perspective of the priest. And it's told backwards, starting with the discovery of the body going back to the day the guy died. You would think this limits your possibilities, but in the end it was surprisingly effective and made a lot of thematic sense.

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andrew61
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Pickpick

An intriguing rd which had me so gripped i had to reread the beginning when i got to the end. Told backwards over 4 days up to shrove Tuesday 1491 priest john reve hears confessions of his parishioners at the behest of an assertive dean to find out if his friend(local landowner) killed himself or was murdered #booked2019 'new to me author' rd it covers faith,history at a crucial pre reformation period, friendship, superstition, religion. A good rd

Tamra Oh jeeze, that sounds good and I can see why you‘d like to go back to the beginning again! 7mo
Moray_Reads This was written with such precision and subtlety, an absolutely brilliant novel 7mo
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andrew61 @Moray_Reads yes I'm still thinking about it today. A brilliantly drawn and conflicted character. 7mo
batsy Sounds lovely. I have the ARC and I really should make time for it soon. 7mo
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LeahBergen
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#ALittlePriest

Set in England in 1491, this novel about the death of a local rich man is narrated (going back in time over four days) by the village priest.

#MusicalNewYear

vivastory This is the first I've heard of this one. Sounds intriguing 👍 7mo
BiblioLitten I‘m curious! 7mo
Hooked_on_books Great cover 7mo
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LeslieO Love the cover! 7mo
Cinfhen Well this looks like a gem!!! Stunning cover and interesting story!!! Thanks for sharing 😍 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for sharing, never heard of this. Great cover! 7mo
TrishB Looks lovely 💕 7mo
Kalalalatja What a cover 😍 7mo
batsy Oh dear, I believe I have a NetGalley copy still sitting in my Kindle app 😆 The cover is so vivid and lovely! 7mo
Magslhalliday I read about this the other day (I am roughly a year behind on Guardian Review issues!). Will be interested in your view of it. 7mo
readordierachel Pretty cover! 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy @Magslhalliday Well, I‘m behind, too. 😆😆 Let‘s hope I actually read it this year! 7mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

The writing in this novel absolutely blew me away. It is one of those books that I slowly read every word, but the chapters flew by. This story takes place in an English village in 1491. A village man is missing and presumed drowned in the river in what appears to be an accident. But when the regional dean comes to investigate, he wants a villager to be blamed. The story is told backward and the unraveling in this way is very clever.

Tamra Intriguing! 9mo
Ruthiella OooI like stories told in reverse like that! 😀 9mo
Moray_Reads I loved this one. So subtle and well constructed ❤️ 9mo
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Kat_H
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Bailedbailed

A DNF. It was okay...well written in parts even. The author's descriptive language is beautiful. It just didn't grab my interest and it was a bit of a slog, not sure why. A man is dead, a village falls under suspicion, a priest is under pressure to investigate.... but just too slow for me I guess.

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ephemeralwaltz
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"15th century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable man in the village?" #TBRtemptation!

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Asktheletters
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The descriptions in this book are an utter delight. Evocative in a way that has me stopping to re-read, without becoming overblown. Another early favourite is, “[clothes made] of a wool that had never managed to look un-sheeply”.

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BeckyMerilatt
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Pickpick

I have a feeling this one will be a Man Booker Prize contender. A novel told in reverse over the course of 4 days. In a poor 15th century village, a man dies and the villagers turn to their priest in turmoil. It‘s a really beautiful examination of human nature. And the descriptions of food made me perpetually hungry. For fans of Wolf Hall! It also reminded me of the Luminaries.

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Fridayfilms
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Pickpick

I can‘t recommend this book highly enough.

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Fridayfilms
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#TBS A gift on Mothering Sunday

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Bookquilter
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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Haven‘t been this excited about weekend reading in a while .... but this was in the mail today from the UK #bookmail

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Moray_Reads
The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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1. I love my Behemoth (Master and Margarita) print ♥️
2. It was to stop requesting more Netgalley ARCs than I can handle but then I got auto-approved by Random House...
3. Glasses
4. Starry night sky. I have plans to visit the Edinburgh Observatory for one of their winter sessions this year ✨🌌🌠
@MinDea #humpdaypost

Kalalalatja Oooooh, number 4 sounds lovely! 2y
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja I'm very excited, I've been here nearly six years and I've never been! 2y
vivastory The observatory sounds amazing. I really should look into my local observatory 2y
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