Peculiar Ground

Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Peculiar Ground

First novel by an acclaimed writer whose biography of Gabriele d’Annunzio – The Pike – won several non-fiction prizes including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Biography Prize and the Costa Biography Prize.

This is a fine, many-layered tale of lives and places that moves to and fro between the aftermath of the English Civil War and a return from exile to the present; transience and persistence are both themes here, as well as the contradictions of the 17th century, when science and the Enlightenment were embraced by Isaac Newton alongside his medieval belief in alchemy. A wall is built, another wall is knocked down… There is much to enjoy in this beautifully written and carefully structured novel.

Edition: Hardback Fourth Estate Ltd 18/05/2017