Ulverton by Adam Thorpe

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Three hundred years of English history come alive through the lives and fortunes of the inhabitants of Ulverton, a fictional village on England's Wessex Downs. A first novel.

About Adam Thorpe

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Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, "Ulverton," was published in 1992. He has written four other novels--most recently, "No Telling"--a collection of stories, and four books of poetry. He lives in France with his wife and three children.
Published May 11, 1992 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and as fields are purchased for a ritzy subdivision by a local developer at the height of the 1980's economic boom, the skeleton of Cromwell's soldier comes to light, casting a pall over the project that keeps home-buyers away.

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they are unified only in their recounting of events--or more accurately, their extended snatches of language--grounded in rural Ulverton, a fictional town in Thomas Hardy's Wessex.

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Summary: Twelve short-stories about people associated with the fictional village of Ulverton produce a book about the ways in which people live with, on and in the landscape.

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London Review of Books

We have been dogged, perhaps, by an assumption that English history and the English landscape do not in themselves offer a broad enough canvas (rather in the way that whole generations of film critics have allowed themselves to be persuaded, on the basis of Truffaut’s throwaway remark about the u...

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