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Crow Court

(2021)
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'As gripping as Hilary Mantel and as convincing as Sarah Perry ... debut novels shouldn't be this perfectly formed' Ben Myers

'Clever, page-turning, original ... beautifully written' Jane Harris

'Exactly observed, densely textured and richly flavoured ... Crow Court is throbbing with life' Rick Gekoski

Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster—a belligerent man with a vicious reputation—is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate through the community for years to come.

So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army; a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on his wife’s grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer’s block; the smuggler; a troupe of actors down from London; and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse.

Meanwhile, justice waits…

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A confident and exciting debut: exactly observed, densely textured and richly flavoured, Crow Court is throbbing with life." - Rick Gekoski

"A gripping mystery, beautifully teased out over several decades, full of intrigue and ambiguity." - Andy Hamilton

"This clever narrative is both page-turning and original - an innovative and beautifully-written historical novel that features an array of diverse characters and voices from its vividly-realised Dorset setting." - Jane Harris

"Inventive, original and deeply moving. There is a warmth and humanity, an acceptance of the vagaries and challenges of life." - Alice Jolly

"Debut novels shouldn't be this perfectly formed. Its subject is historic, yet its exploration of morality feels utterly modern. A rarity in historical fiction: it truly places you in the here and now of a world once removed. Crow Court already looks, feels and smells like a classic." - Benjamin Myers


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Hardback Editions

January 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Crow Court
Author(s): Andy Charman
ISBN: 1-78352-910-5 / 978-1-78352-910-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Unbound
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Kindle Editions

January 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Crow Court
Author(s): Andy Charman
Publisher: Unbound
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