Enlightenment: Signed Edition

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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Bookseller Reviews

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Faith, love, and the stars
At the heart of Enlightenment are two remarkable, unlikely friends like twin stars - Grace Macaulay, a precocious and unusual girl growing up in a world sh... READ MORE
Jack at Glasgow Argyle Street
Of Essex Clay And Returning Comets
This was my most anticipated release of the year and it did not disappoint. Sarah Perry writes with such grace and empathy, her words stay with you long a... READ MORE
Like a piece of fruitcake which takes time to digest
A Baptist church in Essex is the meeting place for young Grace , brought up in a strict Baptist family and Thomas a grown man trying to reconcile his faith... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy


Enlightenment is a story of love and astronomy, told over the course of twenty years through the lives of two improbable best friends.

Thomas Hart and Grace Macaulay have lived all their lives in the small Essex town of Aldleigh. Though separated in age by three decades, the pair are kindred spirits - torn between their commitment to religion and their desire for more. But their friendship is threatened by the arrival of romantic love.

Thomas falls for James Bower, who runs the local museum. Together they develop an obsession with the vanished nineteenth-century astronomer said to haunt a nearby manor, and whose identity might finally be revealed when a startling discovery is made. As Thomas fears a broken heart, he comes to find solace in astronomy: might it offer as much as earthly or even divine love? Meanwhile Grace meets Nathan, a fellow sixth former. They are drawn recklessly together, but quickly pulled apart, casting Grace into the wider world and far away from Thomas.

In time, the mysteries of Aldleigh are revealed, bringing Thomas and Grace back to each other and to a richer understanding of love, of the nature of the world and their place in it.

This ambitious novel about love and faith and science is Sarah Perry's finest work to date.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 2928377252342
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm

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A fine novel
For those who have read and enjoyed Sarah Perry's previous works, you will know what you are getting here. Exquisite writing, pitch perfect, with beautifu... READ MORE
Ben Dutton
A homage to life, love and its vagaries
The story is set in the 1990s at the time when the Halle Boppe comet could be seen in the night sky. The local paper is looking for interesting topics that... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Enlightenment is an atmospheric... READ MORE
Emma Renshaw
Wow - just wow
I'm a fan of Sarah Perry's work, in fact., "The Essex Serpent" was one of my favourite books when it was published (and continues to be). I wasn't sure ho... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
too many themes
I really liked the premise of this book when I read about it with its eclectic range of topics and time periods. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for m... READ MORE
A deep complex story
I heard good things about this book, so thought I’d give it a go. I did find it quite difficult to get into at the start. The narrative is beautifully wr... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley

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