The School of Night

The School of Night

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A shared quest and a mysterious cabal, four centuries apart . . .

When Henry Cavendish attends the funeral of an old friend, the last thing he expects is to be given a business proposition. A handsome sum to retrieve a document that was in his friend's possession when he died - a letter from Sir Walter Ralegh. Henry accepts the challenge, despite severe misgivings about his sinister new employer.

Four centuries earlier, in Elizabethan England, another quest is playing out. Thomas Harriot, once a member of the mysterious School of Night, a group whose members included the toast of Elizabethan society, has shut himself off from the world. Working day and night, he devotes himself secretly to his experiments.

As both searches deepen, the two men realise that there are forces at work against them. Harriot's work is threatened by discovery and Henry's search becomes a deadly one, when someone close to him dies in mysterious circumstances. The School of Night is the story of a quest that spans centuries, of alliances forged in unexpected circumstances and of men who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 30mm | 284g
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848542194
  • 9781848542198
  • 819,832

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One of the coolest books of the year * James Frey * Vigorous, well imagined and thoroughly entertaining. Louis Bayard can write up a storm * Literary Review * Really outstanding crime fiction is rare so it's a joy to see Louis Bayard pull off this coup . . . Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver * Sunday Times * Praise for Louis Bayard's previous books, Mr Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye: * - - *
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About Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard lives in Washington. The School of Night is his sixth novel. His previous books include Mr Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye which was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.
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