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An Instance of the Fingerpost By Iain Pears

An Instance Of The Fingerpost
by Iain Pears

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Set in Oxford in the 1660s - a time and place of great intellectual, religious, scientific and political ferment - this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College.
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An Instance Of The Fingerpost Summary


An Instance Of The Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Set in Oxford in the 1660s - a time and place of great intellectual, religious, scientific and political ferment - this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion;Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles II, a mathematician, theologian and master spy; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiquary. Each one tells their version of what happened but only one reveals the extraordinary truth. Brilliantly written, utterly convincing, gripping from the first page to the last, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a magnificent tour de force.

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An Instance Of The Fingerpost Reviews


"Anyone who reads this will want to tell their friends about it... This is a novel that combines the simple pleasures of Agatha Christie with the intellectual subtlety of Umberto Eco, don't let it pass by unread" * Sunday Times *
"A fictional tour de force which combines erudition with mystery" -- P D James
"The kind of book that has you reading it by torchlight under the bedclothes. An historical detective story set to rival The Name of the Rose, it provides the rare pleasure of combining an intricate plot with insight into the political intrigues of Restoration England" * The Times *
"Pears brings to life a vibrant 17th-century world...a tour de force" * Daily Telegraph *
"Brilliantly researched and imagined...a remarkable achievement" * Sunday Telegraph *

About Iain Pears


Iain Pears was born in Coventry in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian and a television consultant. He is the author of several highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and The Dream of Scipio and Stone's Fall.

Additional information

GOR000381007
An Instance Of The Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Iain Pears
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
1998-09-03
704
009975181X
9780099751816
Short-listed for WH Smith Literary Prize 1998
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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