Havoc, in Its Third Year

Havoc, in Its Third Year

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England in the 1630s - a difficult country in turbulent times John Brigge is a governor,a man who has kept away from intrigues to work on his farm and be with his wife, now expecting their first child. He is also - secretly - a Catholic. When he is called to settle the murder of a new-born child, Brigge finds himself drawn into matters he wants to avoid. Katherine Shay, an Irishwoman, is accused of killing her baby. Brigge wants to wait for more evidence. The ascendant Puritan faction, however, demand her immediate hanging. Brigge suspects their haste has little to do with their talk of justice. What are they hiding? And does he really want to know? In the background, a rebellion is brewing. Only Brigge - and his investigation - can change the tide. Torn between home and the world, haunted by the mystery of Katharine Shay, he must finally make a stand.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 0747564418
  • 9780747564416
  • 1,151,238

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Praise for The Catastrophist: 'With Greene gone,and Richard Ford last spotted in suburbia, we need writers like Ronan Bennett.' Nick Hornby 'Has vision, imagination and gravitas.It does what all great novels do:it rises above itself; its themes transcend its narrative.' The Times 'A masterpiece...in its moral range, characterisation, and narrative excitement. Bennett has written not only an outstanding novel but one that will see him measured against the best of his contemporaries.' Spectatorshow more

About Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett was brought up in Belfast.He is the author of three books, The Second Prison, Overthrown by Strangers and most recently the hugely acclaimed The Catastrophist (shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Novel Award). He has also written screenplays for film and television. Ronan Bennett lives in London with his family.show more

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