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The Book of Days

‘Richly imagined and skillfully crafted’ The Spectator

Francesca Kay



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23 April 2024
Things change; we have to recognise that; the world will not stay still.

What we must hope is that the new is better and stronger than the old.

Anno Domini 1546. In a manor house in England a young woman feels the walls are closing round her, while her dying husband is obsessed by his vision of a chapel where prayers will be said for his immortal soul.

As the days go by and the chapel takes shape, the outside world starts to intrude. And as the old ways are replaced by the new, the people of the village sense a dangerous freedom.

The Book of Days is a beautifully written novel of lives lived in troubled times and the solace to be found in nature and the turning seasons.
Imprint:   SWIFT PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781800753495
ISBN 10:   1800753497
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Francesca Kay grew up in Southeast Asia and India, and has subsequently lived in Jamaica, the United States, Germany and now lives in Oxford. Her first novel, An Equal Stillness, won the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and her second novel, The Translation of the Bones, was longlisted for the 2012 Women's Prize for Fiction. Her third novel, The Long Room, was published in 2016; The Book of Days is her fourth.

Reviews for The Book of Days: ‘Richly imagined and skillfully crafted’ The Spectator

'A welcome throwback to the literate, witty style of such novelists as William Golding and Iris Murdoch ... Kay again proves herself an able chronicler of frustrated wishes and flaring passions’ - Observer 'At least that post-Reformation sovereignty of the word still yields novels as richly imagined and skilfully crafted as this' - The Spectator ‘Beautifully written and precisely observed’ - Sunday Times 'Absorbing ... This is historical fiction that is personal, not panoramic: intimate, hushed and spare' - Mail on Sunday 'This is a beautifully written and multi-faceted novel' – Historical Review

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