Fludd: A Novel

Paperback | June 8, 2000

byHilary Mantel

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One dark and stormy night in 1956, a stranger named Fludd mysteriously turns up in the dismal village of Fetherhoughton. He is the curate sent by the bishop to assist Father Angwin-or is he? In the most unlikely of places, a superstitious town that understands little of romance or sentimentality, where bad blood between neighbors is ancient and impenetrable, miracles begin to bloom. No matter how copiously Father Angwin drinks while he confesses his broken faith, the level of the bottle does not drop. Although Fludd does not appear to be eating, the food on his plate disappears. Fludd becomes lover, gravedigger, and savior, transforming his dull office into a golden regency of decision, unashamed sensation, and unprecedented action. Knitting together the miraculous and the mundane, the dreadful and the ludicrous, Fludd is a tale of alchemy and transformation told with astonishing art, insight, humor, and wit.

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One dark and stormy night in 1956, a stranger named Fludd mysteriously turns up in the dismal village of Fetherhoughton. He is the curate sent by the bishop to assist Father Angwin-or is he? In the most unlikely of places, a superstitious town that understands little of romance or sentimentality, where bad blood between neighbors is an...

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, including The Giant O’Brien, A Change of Climate, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she writes for the New York Times Book Reviewand lives in England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.28 × 5.54 × 0.47 inPublished:June 8, 2000Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805062734

ISBN - 13:9780805062731

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Hilary Mantel’s wildly inventive novel about a reincarnated alchemist and an imaginary village in England in the fifties is “in every sense a magical book” --Listener, England

“Fludd...establishes [Mantel] in the front rank of novelists writing in English today.”--The Guardian(London))