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An Instance of the Fingerpost : Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller

An Instance of the Fingerpost : Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller

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by Pears, Iain | Fiction & related items
Published 03/09/1998 by Vintage Publishing (Vintage) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 704 pages
195 x 130 x 37mm | 510g


'A fictional tour de force which combines erudition with mystery' PD JamesSet in Oxford in the 1660s - a time and place of great intellectual, religious, scientific and political ferment - this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles II, a mathematician, theologian and master spy; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiquary.

Each one tells their version of what happened but only one reveals the extraordinary truth. Brilliantly written, utterly convincing, gripping from the first page to the last, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a magnificent tour de force.

'A novel that combines the simple pleasures of Agatha Christie with the intellectual subtlety of Umberto Eco, don't let it pass by unread.' The Times

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