Year of Wonders


I have just finished reading this wonderful book by Geraldine Brooks. It is based on the the true story of the occupants in the village Eyam in Derbyshire, England, which quarantined themselves for a year to prevent the spread of infection during the Bubonic Plague of 1665-1666.

Of the 300 villagers, all but one family agreed to the quarantine and stayed. By the time the spread of the disease was over, a year has gone by and two thirds of the villagers had perished.

The story is told through the eyes of a young widow Anna Firth who suffers the loss of her beloved two children, and many of her friends and neighbors. But throughout it all remains a strong and resourceful woman.

This ought to be a depressing subject for a book, but I found it uplifting and a totally enjoyable read!

For more information about the author Geraldine Brooks visit her site here
Information on the Eyam Museum and Plague Village here
For more books on the history of Eyam head on over to Amazon


One Response to “Year of Wonders”

  1. Kathryn Greenhill Says:

    Isn’t it just the best? I read it on holidays last September and when I explained to someone what I was reading, I kept having to add “but it’s really hopeful”.

    Didn’t you love the language? I’m very embarrassed to confess that her use of “se’nnight” made me understand for the first time why we call two weeks a “fortnight”. First for everything.

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