Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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This was the first novel by the author that I had read and I knew from the opening pages that i was going to be invested in what happens with the main char... READ MORE
GM at Falkirk


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: 9781787334991
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 245 x 160 x 35 mm

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A novel full of human understanding..
Thomas Hart, a newspaper columnist from the Essex town of Aldleigh and young Grace Macauley are the main characters in this wonderful new novel by the tale... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Deeply Strange but Entirely Satisfying
This took me a little while to get into, but about fifty pages in I was hooked and read it in two sittings. It's a strange, unsettling book. Thomas is a ma... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Full of mystery and intrigue
A lovely book which for me, was written in such a way as to allow the reader to completely impose their own interpretation. I felt that if you didn’t, it w... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
Beguiling and brilliant
In the small town of Aldleigh sits the Bethesda Chapel, home to a non-conformist group of worshippers. Thomas and Grace are both members of the congregati... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Sarah Perry's best novel yet
For me, Enlightenment is Sarah Perry's best novel yet and one that I will revisit, I am sure. It tells the tale of Thomas and Grace; the paths their lives ... READ MORE
Helen Jaidy