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Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy

ISBN
9780571361946
Published
21/01/2021
9780571361946
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

'What the doctor ordered . . . a fiercely funny novel.' Sunday Times

It is the year of our Lord 1349 and it is the season of the Plague.

Novice friar Brother Diggory, now sixteen, has lived in the Monastery of the Order of St Odo at Whye since his eighth birthday. But his life is about to change. The sickness is creeping ever closer and the monks must attend to the victims. When Brother Diggory is nominated to tend to those afflicted, he realises he is about to meet the Plague, and that it is more powerful than him. What he doesn’t realise is that encountering an illness and understanding it are two quite different things…

An uproarious and uplifting novel about sickness and health, the fashions of 14th Century medicine, and how perhaps we're never quite as cutting-edge as we might like to believe.

'What the doctor ordered . . . a fiercely funny novel.' Sunday TimesIt is the year of our Lord 1349 and it is the season of the Plague. Novice friar Brother Diggory, now sixteen, has lived in the Monastery of the Order of St Odo at Whye since his eighth birthday. But his life is about to change. The sickness is creeping ever closer and the monks must attend to the victims. When Brother Diggory is nominated to tend to those afflicted, he realises he is about to meet the Plague, and that it is more powerful than him. What he doesn’t realise is that encountering an illness and understanding it are two quite different things…An uproarious and uplifting novel about sickness and health, the fashions of 14th Century medicine, and how perhaps we're never quite as cutting-edge as we might like to believe.
“There is a cure for pandemic gloom. What you need to do is read a funny novel about an even more deadly plague, the Black Death of the 14th century. Hurdy Gurdy is that novel...this novel is as short and funny as Dudley Moore. A read made for plague-fogged brains.”
- The Times
“The Black Death seems an improbable subject for a comic novel, but Wilson takes up the challenge, and the result is fiercely funny”
- Sunday Times

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