“Fans of intelligent historical fiction will be enthralled by a story so original and so fully imagined. Meek shows the era as alien, which it is, and doesn’t falsify it by assimilating it to ours. But his characters are recognisably warm and human”
– Hilary Mantel
James Meek paints a vivid picture of the life in England under threat of the Black Death that cannot fail to resonate with us right now. Though the existential threat of plague is always present, his characters and their stories are poignant, funny and deeply human. If you are suffering withdrawals after finishing The Mirror and the Light this is the book for you.
“Meek employs great linguistic invention and remarkable imagination to conjure up a world in which readers rapidly become immersed” Sunday Times, Books of the Year