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Minerva, 1992 - Historical fiction - 381 pages
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A dozen accounts, narrated by a dozen different voices, tell the story of Ulverton, a fictional village on the Wessex Downs, through its generations. Based on a bedrock of folktales, myth and oral tradition, the author builds layers of new narrative, often using dialect or the true demotic voice.

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Three centuries of a fictional English village told in the voices of 7 residents over the ages. OK, but failed to grab me. Read in Samoa July 2002 Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Multifaceted and many-voiced: a complex debut that's a saga of an English village viewed over more than three centuries, and conveyed as a series of distinct but interrelated episodes involving ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Poet, playwright and novelist Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956 and grew up in India, Cameroon and England. After graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1979, he started a theatre company and toured villages and schools before moving to London where he taught Drama and English Literature. His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic (1988), was shortlisted for the 1988 Whitbread Poetry Award. His other books of poetry are Meeting Montaigne (1990) and From the Neanderthal (1999). He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 1985.

Thorpe's first novel, Ulverton (1992), was published to great critical acclaim and won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 1992. Following this were the novels Still (1995) and Pieces of Light (1998). In 2000 he published a book of short stories, Shifts (2000), and then another novel, Nineteen Twenty-One (2001). Adam's latest novel, No Telling, is published in 2003.

Adam Thorpe lives in France with his wife and three children.

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