Crow Court

Crow Court

Hardback Published on: 21/01/2021
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Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2021 Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster-a belligerent man with a vicious reputation-is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate through the community for years to come. So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army; a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on his wife's grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer's block; the smuggler; a troupe of actors down from London; and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse. Meanwhile, justice waits...

  • Publisher: Unbound
  • ISBN: 9781783529100
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 mm

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Crow Court
Stick with it despite chapter one
Thanks to the author and online book club Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this and encouragement to give an honest review. This is a really interes... READ MORE
Lisey P
Crow Court
An incredible debut novel
1840, Wimborne in Dorset, a young choirboy Henry Cuff takes his own life in the river. The Choirmaster, Matthew Ellis is known to rule by fear and abuse an... READ MORE
Juliet Butler
Crow Court
An impressive debut that brings together fourteen interlinked stories in 19th Century Dorset
My thanks to Unbound for a digital review copy via NetGalley of ‘Crow Court’ by Andy Charman. This proved a fascinating work of historical fiction set pr... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Crow Court
Beautifully written
Crow Court is a beautifully written novel constructed from interlinked short stories. The plot centres around the murder of an abusive choirmaster in nine... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
Crow Court
Fourteen stories that combine to make a powerful historical novel
A historical novel with a different theme, Crow Court begins in the Spring of 1840, yet the effects of events at that time will have results for many years... READ MORE