At the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton. It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years. Different voices tell the story of Ulverton: one of Cromwell's soldiers staggers home to find his wife remarried and promptly disappears, an eighteenth century farmer carries on an affair with a maid under his wife's nose, a mother writes letters to her imprisoned son, a 1980s real estate company discover a soldier's skeleton, dated to the time of Cromell... Told through diaries, sermons, letters, drunken pub conversations and filmscripts this is a masterful novel that reconstructs the unrecorded history of England.
Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, "Ulverton, " waspublished in 1992, and he has written nine others, two collections of stories and six books of poetry. His new translations of "Madame Bovary and Therese Raquin" have recently been published by Vintage. www.adamthorpe.net"