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The Last Hours

(2017)
(The first book in the Last Hours series)
A novel by

 
 
A deadly plague is spreading across the land...

June, 1348
: the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in the county of Dorsetshire. Unprepared for the virulence of the disease, and the speed with which it spreads, the people of the county start to die in their thousands.

In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people's future - including the lives of two hundred bonded serfs. Strong, compassionate and resourceful, Lady Anne chooses a bastard slave, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward. Together, they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. With this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise. Ignorant of what is happening in the world outside, they wrestle with themselves, with God and with the terrible uncertainty of their futures.

Lady Anne's people fear starvation but they fear the pestilence more. Who amongst them has the courage to leave the security of the walls?

And how safe is anyone in Develish when a dreadful event threatens the uneasy status quo..?

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"The pace never flags … enjoyed it immensely." - Kate Forsyth

"A vividly-wrought and powerful story. With The Last Hours, Minette Walters has brought her impressive skill as a writer of psychological crime to create a dark and gripping depiction of Medieval England in the jaws of the Black Death." - Elizabeth Fremantle

"Wonderful and sweeping…with a fabulous sense of place and history." - Kate Mosse


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August 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Last Hours
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Title: The Last Hours: A Novel
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November 2017 : Australia Hardback
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Title: The Last Hours: A deadly plague is spreading across the land...
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August 2021 : Canada Paperback

Title: The Last Hours: A Novel
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July 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Last Hours: A deadly plague is spreading across the land...
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Title: The Last Hours: A Novel
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Title: The Last Hours
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Title: The Last Hours
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Hours
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ISBN: 1-5385-1718-3 / 978-1-5385-1718-5 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Hours: Library Edition
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April 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Hours: A Novel
Author(s): Minette Walters
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November 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Hours: A deadly plague is spreading across the land...
Author(s): Minette Walters
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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September 2017 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Hours
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