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Ulverton 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 CromwellTold through diaries sermons letters drunken pub conversations and film scripts this is a masterful novel that reconstructs the unrecorded history of England

About the Author: Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe is a British poet novelist and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramasAdam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India Cameroon and England Graduating from Magdalen College Oxford in 1979 he founded a touring theatre company then settled in London to teach drama and English literatureHis first collection of poetry Mornings in the Baltic 1988 w

10 thoughts on “Ulverton

  1. says:

    A Novel of Short StoriesAdam Thorpe’s first novel Ulverton comprises twelve chapters Each of these chapters is a short story set in the fictional English town of Ulverton Ordered chronologically these stories span the last three and a half centuries of English history It is the common factors of geographical location and shared historical events that bind the sh

  2. says:

    Stylistically stunning and very clever I cannot believe this didn’t get prizes when it came out A kind of Akenfield rural documentary meets Cloud Atlas shifting eras narrators and connections meets polemic Firstly it’s brilliant pastiche – conveying the language the reimagined dialect and the medium of the different eras For doing this so well even read amid today'

  3. says:

    When this is good it's very good when it's bad it's unreadable literally if you're reading it on a kindle as the last chapter is in tiny tiny print and I couldn't adjust it Also some chapters are written in very heavy dialect and frankly I just skipped those chapters with a feeling that life is too short what a waste of money should have borrowed it from the library oh well Mario

  4. says:

    I love love love this book The village of Ulverton is visited across centuries as the reader hears the stories of various of its inhabitants At first these stories seem random but as is learned is understood and they all weave in together to form a whole the history and meaning of the village through its heterogeneous peopleThere is something of Alan Garner's writing about it it has a

  5. says:

    I liked the idea of this book a collection of stories all based in the same English villagehamlet starting around the 13th century and moving chronologically to around the present day The form of the stories and gender of the narrators varied which made it interesting and challenging However I just couldn't get to grips with the stories written in dialect and have to own up to skipping them

  6. says:

    Loved the concept of each chapter following on from earlier periods in the life of an English village Some of the chapters are great But others are nearly unreadable Seems an academic writing exercise than a great novel Life's too short

  7. says:

    Did not make it past page 160 The story could not hold my attention This only happens to me once every few years but so many books so little time

  8. says:

    Ok so the good things about this novel I love the sense of the change of time over the centuries in one small village like the changing of the seasons I love how as you go through the centuries the language in the book changes with each new decade though I found the last part of the book incredibly irritating and just plain batty also I couldn’t actually read the last bit because it was script and I was reading it on

  9. says:

    25 really Although some of the individual passages were well written I really didn't enjoy this at all The sections with local dialect were just too challenging to read for very little return to the reader I like the premise of the book with the same place featuring through time from 17oo's until the present day but found it focused on the people rather than the place and it didn't engage me or give me a sense of the place th

  10. says:

    This is the first book that I remember not finishingHonestly I've not read such self aggrandising pretentious twattery in my life and I had to do a literary fiction module full of angsty white middle aged authors projecting onto their characters at uni

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