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  • Published: 15 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099272762
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99
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The Leper's Companions




'An enchanting book that provides a vivid sense of life at a time when our forebears co-existed closely with hunger, dreams, lice, angels, contagion, foul odours, mermaids and miracles' - Barbara Trapido, Express

To escape from her own sadness, a woman finds refuge in a past time. In a village by the sea she watches the lives of the inhabitants unfold around her. But the year is now 1410 and this is a world of devils and miracles, a world in which there are no clear boundaries between reality and the power of the imagination.

A man's discovery of a mermaid washed up on the sand starts a chain of events that leads three of the villagers to accompany the enigmatic figure of the leper on a pilgrimmage to the Holy Land. The woman joins them and sets out without the certainty of ever coming home again.

The Leper's Companions was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

  • Published: 15 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099272762
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

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Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn is an author and scriptwriter whose radio plays include A Good Death, Betsy and Napoleon, The Need for Nonsense and The Spellbound Horses.

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