While researching why Freud failed to win a Nobel Prize at the Nobel Archives in Sweden, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the piles of papers in the ''Crackpot'' file are letters addressed to the executor of Alfred Nobel''s will, written by several notable Nobel laureates - including Rudyard Kipling and Marie Curie - each offering an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research uncovers that Alfred Nobel added a secret codicil to his will, a prize for the Nobel laureate who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.
Weaving together a wealth of primary sources - photos, letters, wills - The Stonehenge Letters tells the tale of a fascinating secret competition.
Praise for The Stonehenge Letters :
''This little novel is a delight from its first word to its last. The Stonehenge Letters is by turns thoughtful, whimsical, haunting and laugh-out-loud funny. Reading this book was like skating over the smoothest ice; I was blissfully unaware of the transition from history to fiction and back again'' - Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl
''In his alarmingly smart and dangerously absorbing Freud-tinged romance/detective story, Harry Karlinsky deploys explosions, earthworms, radioactive particles and a passel of Nobel laureates to reinvent history in the golden age of invention.'' - Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives