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Courting Shadows

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
In the winter of 1881 John Stannard, a young architect, is in self-imposed exile in a remote English village, carrying out repairs to the parish church. Arrogant and insensitive to what he considers superstition and sentimental attachment to the past, he soon begins to inflict serious damage on the ancient building as well as on those with whom he comes into contact - most notably the beautiful ambitious young local girl Ann Rosewell.

This is the mesmerising tale of a man who clings ferociously to his warped notion of civilised behaviour, unwilling to admit his need for love. Set in a vividly evoked landscape and taut with foreboding, Jem Poster's striking first novel pits reason against emotion, progress against preservation, and explores our capacity for invention and self-delusion - the stories we tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"As intelligent, daring and profound as it is highly, bewitchingly readable ... a fantastically tightly written, read-every-word novel." - Julie Myerson


Used availability for Jem Poster's Courting Shadows

Hardback Editions

February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Courting Shadows
Author(s): Jem Poster
ISBN: 1-59020-032-2 / 978-1-59020-032-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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July 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Courting Shadows
Author(s): Jem Poster
ISBN: 0-340-82257-0 / 978-0-340-82257-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Courting Shadows
Author(s): Jem Poster
ISBN: 1-59020-153-1 / 978-1-59020-153-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


March 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Courting Shadows
Author(s): Jem Poster
ISBN: 0-340-82258-9 / 978-0-340-82258-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK