Mr Darwin's Gardener

by Kristina Carlson (Author), Emily and Fleur Jeremiah (Translator)

<p>A postmodern Victorian novel about faith, knowledge and our inner needs.</p><p><br></p><p>The late 1870s, the Kentish village of Downe. The villagers gather in church one rainy Sunday. Only Thomas Davies stays away. The eccentric loner, father of two and a grief-stricken widower, works as a gardener for the notorious naturalist, Charles Darwin. He shuns religion. But now Thomas needs answers. What should he believe in? And why should he continue to live?</p><p><br></p><p>Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘This is Peirene’s most poetic book yet. A tale of God, grief and talking chickens. Like Dylan Thomas in <em>Under Milk Wood</em>, Carlson evokes the voices of an entire village, and, through them, the spirit of the age. This is no page-turner, but a story to be inhabited, to be savoured slowly.’ <strong>Meike Ziervogel</strong></p><p><br></p><p>‘The translation is terrific and the author's grasp of England circa 1880 is utterly convincing.’ <strong>Sally Vickers, <em>Observer</em></strong></p><p><br></p><p>‘It's hard to believe this novel originated in another country. But it did, and the way Carlson shows us to ourselves should make us wonder.’ <strong>Nicholas Lezard, <em>Guardian</em></strong></p><p><br></p><p>‘Allow layers of meaning to emerge after you finish reading, and you may be rewarded.’ <strong>Harriet Paterson, <em>Tablet</em></strong></p><p><br></p><p>‘The collective consciousness in this novel is an amazing choir: Carlson makes the souls of Downe Parish sing.’ <strong><em>Helsingin Sanomat</em></strong></p><p><br></p><p>‘Carlson writes beautifully, wisely and with effortless humour.’ <strong><em>Suomen Kuvalehti</em></strong></p><p>LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2015</p><p>OBSERVER BEST HOLIDAY READS 2013</p>

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June 14, 2013
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