It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?
But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.
©1995 Barry Unsworth (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Dually addicted bookie. Read and listen to most books together. If I don't like reader of audible I dump it and move on.
Yes...this was third time reading and first listening. Great story...a novella...and fresh every time.
The breathless narrative by a first person storyteller.
The opening scene. Story told in first person brings you right into the forest watching the other characters in medieval England. Economically told. Cinematic.
A short novel that manages to have you engaged with several characters as they dance on the edge of danger's cliff while unraveling a mystery.
A really terrific short book. Engaging reader performing a wide variety of accents and characters. Loved thinking about the development of the dramatic form, and the many different types of language required.
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