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To Calais, In Ordinary Time - James Meek

To Calais, In Ordinary Time - James Meek
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Title: To Calais, In Ordinary Time

Author:  James Meek

ISBN:  9781786896742

Weight:  963g

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To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek

Three journeys.  One road.

England, 1348.  A gentlewoman flees an odious arranged marriage, a Scots proctor sets out for Avignon and a young ploughman in search of freedom is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers.  All come together on the road to Calais.

Coming in their direction from across the Channel is the Black Death, the plague that will wipe out half of the population of Northern Europe.  As the journey unfolds, overshadowed by the archers’ past misdeeds and clerical warnings of the imminent end of the world, the wayfarers must confront the nature of their loves and desires.

A tremendous feat of language and empathy, it summons a medieval world that is at once uncannily plausible, utterly alien and eerily reflective of our own.  James Meek’s extraordinary To Calais, In Ordinary Time is a novel about love, class, faith, loss, gender and desire – set against one of the biggest cataclysms of human history.

Peer & Press Reviews

Ambitious…  Through skilful deployment of language, Meek manages to craft a living, breathing world populated with characters that come alive in the mind…  This is a fine novel that seems to speak across centuries with more than the likeness of truth.

Financial Times

A glorious imaginative feat, full of complex, compelling, believable characters.  Rarely have I been so captivated by a novel, so keen to hurry back to it and reimmerse myself in its world.

Sarah Waters

A triumphant medieval fable…  At the centre of this beautiful novel is an exploration of the difference between romance and true love, allegory and reality, history and the present.  It plays out in unexpected and delightful ways, and it would be unfair to make these explicit.  To Calais, In Ordinary Time ends with a consummation both of its technique and of its story that is affirming, tender and a little bit glorious.

Guardian

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Title To Calais, In Ordinary Time
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Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
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Publisher Canongate Books
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Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781786896742
ISBN 10 1786896745
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 389
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 165 x 36mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Giacomo Mansueto
Jacket design Gill Heeley
Jacket image Bridgeman Images (rose)

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