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The Year Without Summer


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Guinevere Glasfurd is a critically-acclaimed novelist. Her debut novel, The Words in my Hand, was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award and Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and was longlisted in France for the Prix du Roman FNAC. Her second novel, The Year Without Summer, was written with support from the MacDowell Colony Foundation, longlisted for the Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize 2021 and shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Award 2020. Awarded grants from the Arts Council England and the British Council for her work, her writing has also appeared in the Scotsman, Mslexia and The National Galleries of Scotland. Originally from Lancaster, she now lives near Cambridge with her husband and daughter


Guinevere Glasfurd's follow-up to her 2016 Costa-shortlisted debut The Words in My Hand is another superb saga, rich in both historical detail and human interest . . . [Glasfurd] combines her intricate storyline with an impressively realised sense of a world being dragged into the modern age - ObserverSuperb . . . a stay-up-all-night page-turner . . . a beautifully written, angry, unflinching and unforgettable novel. - Financial TimesVividly realised . . . this second novel does not disappoint - The TimesGlasfurd is a strikingly sharp and subtle writer who finds beauty in the bleakest situations. She has the rare ability to conjure characters vividly in a few deft strokes and the gift, rarer still, of making us care deeply about them . . . an angry and tender interrogation of tangibly real lives . . . Glasfurd's hard-hitting admonition deserves to find its mark. - The GuardianGlasfurd is a skilful writer and the book offers much to enjoy - Sunday TimesA rich, well-written, and entirely convincing work of historical fiction. Each story adds a dimension to the exploration of climate disaster across social class and geography ... in The Year Without Summer we are offered both a vision of the past and a vision of the future - Irish TimesA vivid slice of historical fiction - Sunday ExpressGuinevere Glasfurd's ingenious and absorbing storytelling brought both the very human and epic impact of the world's worst volcanic catastrophe to life in an indelible way that brings the past right into the present - Kirsty Wark, author of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE

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