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By Jane Borodale

ISBN-10: 0670021067

ISBN-13: 9780670021062

such as Year of Wonders, an enthralling debut novel of fireworks, fortune, and a tender woman's redemption.

it really is 1752 and seventeen-year-old Agnes Trussel arrives in London pregnant with an undesirable baby. misplaced and fearful, she reveals herself on the domestic of Mr. J. Blacklock, a brooding fireworks maker who hires Agnes as an apprentice. As she learns to make rockets, portfires, and fiery rain, she slowly earnings his belief and joins his quest to take advantage of unbelievable fireworks the realm has ever obvious.

Jane Borodale deals a masterful portrayal of a dating as mysterious and tempestuous as any the Brontës conceived. Her portrait of 1750s London is unforgettable, from the dirty streets to the interior workings of a family the place little is because it turns out. via all of it, the clock is ticking, for Agnes's mystery won't remain mystery ceaselessly.

Deeply atmospheric and in detail advised from Agnes's viewpoint, The booklet of Fires will entice readers of Geraldine Brooks, Sarah Waters, Sheri Holman, and Michel Faber.

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I remember how I ran away one year, out into the lane to get away from the sound. The pig roared and roared, an ear-splitting agony of held-down terror, the back legs scrabbling and squealing out the last drops of panic, even as the knife went in. Then the squeal bubbled and stopped. The quietness was a shock. Out in the lane I held my elbows tightly in the emptiness that followed and then on the far side of the copse a woodpecker drilled holes into the silence. My feet slapped loudly on the muddy path as I ran back hastily before they saw that I was gone.

I舗d thought. Shall I leave them untouched? Are they a check upon my honesty? Are they a gift from Providence? Are they tainted by death? Do they belong to God now? How much is a burial? Is gold the Devil舗s property? What is the punishment for stealing from a corpse? The hens were fighting outside in her yard. I舗d scooped grain from a bushel sack and stepped outside. It was somehow surprising that the same sun was still shining. I took a breath. The leaves on the beech trees and the birch were vivid and they caught at the light, making many shades of yellow against the blue sky.

When we came down from the chamber in the morning I saw one of the jugs was cracked but put away tidily at the back of the shelf. This is the third full year we have not had a strip to grow a crop, and even the common land could be gone by the next, so this is the last pig. Through the door into the back room my father舗s feet are just visible at the end of the other bed under the blanket. He will be up soon, before my uncle arrives. 舠We are doing the pig early this year, but we owe and this will sort us out,舡 was all that he said when he舗d made up his mind which day was for slaughtering.

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