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The Warlow Experiment

English · Hardback

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What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment? 'This is an extraordinary, quite brilliant book' - C. J. Sansom Herbert Powyss lives on a small estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable cultivation of exotic plants and trees. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science - something consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London. He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: for seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the cellar of the manor house, fitted out with books, paintings and even a chamber organ. Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter. The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact; the subject will keep a diary of his daily thoughts and actions. The pay? Fifty pounds per annum, for life. Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job: John Warlow, a semi-literate labourer with a wife and six children to provide for. The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included. In this seductive tale of self-delusion and obsession, Alix Nathan has created an utterly transporting historical novel which is both elegant and unforgettably sinister.

Product details

Authors Alix Nathan
Publisher Serpent's Tail
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature > Historical novels and narratives
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 04.07.2019
EAN 9781788161695
ISBN 978-1-78816-169-5
No. of pages 288
Dimensions 144 mm x 222 mm x 31 mm

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