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A Novel Of The Plague

AdvantagesA thrilling read that I found gripping and extremely informative.

DisadvantagesSlightly Americanised ending!

"I've been doing the Times bookclub thing. Each week a bestseller is only 99p with a copy of The Time. 'Year Of Wonders' by Geraldine Brook was one of these. I had been wanting to read this book for ages (and for 99p it was a bargain) ...and it was so worth the wait! Geraldine Brooks was originally the Middle East correspondant for The Wall Street Journal. She cam across the Derbyshire village of Eyam on a walking trip and became enthralled in ..." Read review

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Ring-a-ring o'roses ... we all fall down.

AdvantagesGreat story, fascinating characters, haunting read


"I have been interested in the Plague since I learnt about the events of 1665 and 1666 in school, all those years ago. My fascination continues now and I will often buy a book if it has a Plague theme. I read a review of this book here on Ciao and it sounded just my kind of novel, so I bought a copy from Ebay and finished reading it yesterday. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks is set in Eyam, a village in Derbyshire, in 1666. When the villagers ..." Read review

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'Year of Wonders' fails to impress

AdvantagesThe story of truly moving event from English history ...

Disadvantages... told by an American (sorry)

"In 21st century England, the Derbyshire village of Eyam is located just on the edge of Sheffield - and without a car it can be pretty hard to get to. In 17th century England, it was in the back of beyond - most people had no idea where it was. But the village has its own unique page in English history. When an outbreak of plague occurred, the residents elected to close themselves off from the rest of the world and try to contain the disease. This ..." Read review

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