By Sarah Perry
Longlisted for the dad or mum First e-book Award
Winner of the East Anglian booklet of the yr Award 2014
One sizzling summer's day, John Cole comes to a decision to depart his existence at the back of.
He shuts up the book shop not anyone ever involves and drives out of London. while his automobile breaks down and he turns into misplaced on an remoted street, he is going trying to find aid, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand yet dilapidated residence.
Its citizens welcome him with open hands - yet there's extra to this unusual neighborhood than meets the attention. all of them understand him by means of identify, they've ready a room for him, and declare to were anticipating him all alongside.
As nights and days go John reveals himself drawn right into a baffling menagerie. there's Hester, their matriarchal, controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings packed with child-like ask yourself and delusions; the mercurial Eve; Elijah - a faithless former preacher haunted through the Bible; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. who're those humans? And what do they intend for John?
Elegant, lightly sinister and psychologically advanced, After Me Comes The Flood is a haunting and hypnotic debut novel by way of a super new voice.
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Harold’s trouble began in May when his brother Tostig, the exiled earl of Northumbria, returned with an armed force and occupied Sandwich. His fleet of perhaps sixty ships sailed to the Humber, but there he suffered a defeat that caused him to retreat to Scotland, where he awaited the arrival of the Norwegian claimant to the throne, Harold of Norway. The Norwegians were victorious at the battle of Fulford on 20 September, but fell just five days later to Harold Godwinson’s forces at the battle of Stamford Bridge, in which both Harold of Norway and Tostig were killed.
It is not clear whether he was a deacon, a priest, a monk, or a member of the secular clergy, but in 781 he was invited by Charlemagne to become the head of his palace school, and, aside from a few brief visits to England, Alcuin spent the rest of his life abroad, dying on the continent in 804. Alcuin’s writings include a verse history of the saints of York, treatises on, among other things, grammar, orthography, and rhetoric, but he is perhaps best known for the crucial role he and his students played in bringing English learning to the continent, where it was to have a p rofound impact on the development of Carolingian thought and literature.
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