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The Western Wind

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
15th century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can't?

Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman's death, the story is related by Reve - an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep. Through his eyes, and his indelible voice, Harvey creates a medieval world entirely tangible in its immediacy.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Harvey is up there with the best writers working today. Here she makes the medieval world feel as relevant and pressing as tomorrow morning because - as always - she captures the immutable stuff of the human condition." - Nathan Filer

"[Harvey’s] prose is as rich as ever, her structures clever and efficient … we daren’t put the book down … it’s a historical novel full of the liveliness and gristle of the period it depicts; an absorbing mystery with an unpredictable flurry of twists in its last few pages; a scarily nuanced examination of a long-term moral collapse; a beautifully conceived and entangled metaphor for Britain’s shifting relationships with Europe. But most of all it’s a deeply human novel of the grace to be found in people." - M John Harrison

"The Western Wind is an extraordinary, wise, wild and beautiful book – a thrilling mystery story and a lyrical enquiry into ideas of certainty and belief. Surprising, richly imagined, gloriously strange – the best kind of fiction." - Joanna Kavenna


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Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
ISBN: 0-8021-2828-9 / 978-0-8021-2828-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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March 2018 : Hardback
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
ISBN: 1-78733-059-1 / 978-1-78733-059-7
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
ISBN: 1-78470-803-8 / 978-1-78470-803-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
ISBN: 1-5100-9414-8 / 978-1-5100-9414-7 (UK edition)
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
Publisher: Lamplight Audiobooks
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
Publisher: Lamplight Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Western Wind
Author(s): Samantha Harvey
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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