The Wilding

Maria McCann

The Wilding

From the author of As Meat Loves Salt (2001)... In her second novel Maria McCann returns to 17th Century England, where life is struggling to return to normal after the horrific tumult of the Civil War. In the village of Spadboro Jonathan Dymond, a 26-year old cider-maker who lives with his parents, has until now enjoyed a quiet, harmonious existence. As the novel opens, a letter arrives from his uncle with a desperate request to speak with his father. When his father returns from the visit the next day, all he can say is that Jonathan's uncle has died. Then Jonathan finds a fragment of the letter in the family orchard, with talk of inheritance and vengeance. He resolves to unravel the mystery at the heart of his family - a mystery which will eventually threaten the lives and happiness of Jonathan and all those he holds dear. 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
The Wilding

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Classification Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction
Format Paperback
Pages 352
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication February 2010
ISBN 978-0571251780
Publisher Faber & Faber
 

From the author of As Meat Loves Salt (2001)... In her second novel Maria McCann returns to 17th Century England, where life is struggling to return to normal after the horrific tumult of the Civil War. In the village of Spadboro Jonathan Dymond, a 26-year old cider-maker who lives with his parents, has until now enjoyed a quiet, harmonious existence. As the novel opens, a letter arrives from his uncle with a desperate request to speak with his father. When his father returns from the visit the next day, all he can say is that Jonathan's uncle has died. Then Jonathan finds a fragment of the letter in the family orchard, with talk of inheritance and vengeance. He resolves to unravel the mystery at the heart of his family - a mystery which will eventually threaten the lives and happiness of Jonathan and all those he holds dear.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Lionel Shriver

Maria McCann writes historical novels for people who don’t believe they especially like historical novels, but who do like good books… while the hefty As Meat Loves Salt did suffer from one latter section where the tension sagged, its shorter successor never lets up. This writer is a natural storyteller, and has in buckets whatever mysterious quality keeps a reader wide-eyed well after he’d planned to turn out the light.

18/01/2010

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The Independent

Roz Kaveney

This book ought not to work - or rather ought only to work as a gothic romance of sensation and revelation. What makes it rather more is the skill with which McCann takes us into Jonathan's confused blend of selfishness and generosity, his desire to know and the refusal to face unpleasant facts that goes in tandem with it... It is a chastening tour de force

19/02/2010

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The Daily Express

Peter Burton

The Wilding is an intensely claustrophobic novel about family relationships and family secrets. McCann puts a fierce spotlight on her handful of sharply delineated characters and creates a gripping narrative that is every bit as tightly wound as a Harold Pinter play. It has been well worth the long wait.

19/02/2010

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The Economist

The Economist

Set during the English civil war, As Meat Loves Salt is regarded by those who know it as one of the great novels of the past decade… The Wilding is as pleasurable to read as its predecessor, a novel to finish and start right back at the beginning.

28/01/2010

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The Times

Kate Saunders

An absorbing drama of revenge, inheritance and danger… It’s a story packed with intrigue and historical detail, a worthy follower to McCann’s first novel, As Meat Loves Salt, and not to be confused with the host of bodice-rippers being churned out for little girls.

13/02/2010

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