Doomsday Book

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 708 pages
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Kivrin knows everything about the Middle Ages - she's read all the books. She knows it's dangerous: cutthroats in the woods, witch hunts, cholera, and millions dying in the plague. For a young historian, it's fascinating.

When Kivrin's tutors in Oxford's history lab finally agree to send her on an on-site study trip, she jumps at the chance to observe medieval life first-hand. But a crisis that strangely links the past and future leaves her stranded in the most deadly and terrifying era in human history, face to face with the heart-rending reality behind the statistics. And while she fights for her own life, Kivrin finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope in this dark time.

Five years in the writing, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the timeless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I loved this book. Willis weaves two time-lines expertly and made me care what happened to the people in each one. The basic plot is as follows: Time travel is a reality in 2056 and the colleges at ... Read full review

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User Review  - ladycato - LibraryThing

This is one of those precious books that I inhaled in one day--I had to, because of the tension--but I am now suffering withdrawals because it's over. Doomsday Book is utterly immersive with its twin ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Connie Willis is a prodigiously gifted storyteller who manages to blend fantasy, science fiction, history and romance into her award-winning novels and short stories. She has won seven Nebula and eleven Hugo Awards (more than any other writer in the genre) and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams. Doomsday Book, All Clear and Blackout have won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for best novel. Her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Connie is married to physicist Courtney Willis, and has one daughter, Cordelia. They live in Greeley, Colorado.

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