The Book of Days

Francesca Kay


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Swift Press
1 February 2024
ISBN: 9781800753495
304 pages

From the publisher

‘At least that post-Reformation sovereignty of the word still yields novels as richly imagined and skilfully crafted as this’ The Spectator

Things change; we have to recognise that; the world will not stay still. What we must hope is that the new is better and stronger than the old.

Anno Domini 1546. In a manor house in England a young woman feels the walls are closing round her, while her dying husband is obsessed by his vision of a chapel where prayers will be said for his immortal soul.

As the days go by and the chapel takes shape, the outside world starts to intrude. And as the old ways are replaced by the new, the people of the village sense a dangerous freedom.

The Book of Days is a beautifully written novel of lives lived in troubled times and the solace to be found in nature and the turning seasons.