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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague/Brooks, Gerald/Paper/184115458X/S003-D
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated mountain village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes, we follow the story of the plague year, 1666, when her fellow villagers are convinced by a visionary young minister to quarantine themselves within the village to arrest the spread of the disease.
But as death reaches into every household, faith frays. The villagers turn from prayers to witch-hunting, and Anna must confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of a dangerous love. Yet as she struggles to survive, a year of plague becomes instead, an annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders".
Inspired by the true story of a village in the rugged mountain spine of England, Year of Wonders is written with stunning emotional intelligence. It is a spellbinding and unforgettable read that examines the collision of faith, science and superstition at the cusp of the modern era.