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First Dry Rattle

(The first book in the Reason from the Stars series)
A novel by

Readers, who enjoy Bernard Cornwell's Sharp, The Eagles series of Simon Scarrow, and the extraordinary tales of C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake, will relish Tom Fletcher's exploits in First Dry Rattle, the first in the series, A Reason from the Stars.

The first dry rattle of new drawn steel
Changes the world today."

So wrote Kipling, 300 years later in his poem, Edgehill Fight. The Civil War divided England and altered it for ever.

"Once whilst committing suicide, I changed my mind." Tom Fletcher, a youth of Worcester, aged sixteen in 1639 revolts against his chosen career, by trying to hang himself. It was intended that he should follow his father, Amyas Fletcher, as a Master Butcher. But his father seeing his son's distress at his chosen vocation, apprentices him to his cousin Ben, a physician of some standing in Worcester. Suddenly in September 1642, Tom, now a qualified doctor, is thrust into the melee of the English Civil War, and finds that he can best respect his Hippocratic oath by remaining fiercely neutral.

Returning to Worcester from a visit to friends in Ledbury, he falls foul of a Parliamentarian quartermaster, Brigstock who is using the outbreak of hostilities to indulge his psychopathic tendencies. The Earl of Essex' army occupies Worcester and Brigstock treacherously names Amyas Fletcher as a spy. Tom flees from Worcester and travels across the Midlands to serve the King's army as a surgeon, but is captured by Brigstock at the Rollright Stones. He escapes and at Edgehill his medical skills prove invaluable to both sides. Brigstock is finally vanquished and Tom is a guest at Great Tew, the home of Lucius Carey, Viscount Falkland, intellectual, pacifist and politician.


Used availability for Celia Boyd's First Dry Rattle

Paperback Editions

December 2006 : UK Paperback

Title: First Dry Rattle (Reason from the Stars)
Author(s): Celia Boyd
ISBN: 0-9554834-0-9 / 978-0-9554834-0-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Graficas Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: First Dry Rattle (A Reason From The Stars Book 1)
Author(s): Celia Boyd
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