> Skip to content

Vintage Past: Inventive tales of times gone by to tell the histories we think we know

At the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton. It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years. Different voices tell the story of Ulverton: one of Cromwell's soldiers staggers home to find his wife remarried and promptly disappears, an eighteenth century farmer carries on an affair with a maid under his wife's nose, a mother writes letters to her imprisoned son, a 1980s real estate company discover a soldier's skeleton, dated to the time of Cromell...

Told through diaries, sermons, letters, drunken pub conversations and film scripts this is a masterful novel that reconstructs the unrecorded history of England.

Reviews

If you believe English fiction is jaded, you must read Adam Thorpe... Tender, precise, tragicomic and unsentimental.

Hilary Mantel, Independent on Sunday

We arent used to the many deep matters Thorpe touches on, not to such a thorough grasp of the complex nature of our rural past, and through it, of all existence itself... Suddenly English lives again

John Fowles, Guardian

These stories sing like psalms, robust and vibrant - a poet's novel and a celebration that no social historian would dare attempt

Observer

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784871390

    November 28, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    432 pages

    RRP $14.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Adam Thorpe

Missing Fay
Flight
Voluntary
Hodd
The Standing Pool
Between Each Breath
Is This The Way You Said?
Birds With A Broken Wing
The Rules Of Perspective
No Telling
Nine Lessons From The Dark
Nineteen Twenty-One
Shifts
Pieces Of Light
From The Neanderthal
Ulverton
Still

Recommendations

Dunstan
Outlander
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Their Finest
The 7th Function of Language
Life After Life
The Award
Memoirs Of A Geisha
The Power Of One
The Power Of One
Into the Water
Best Laid Plans
Night School
The Traitorâ??s Girl
After You
Congo Dawn
Anything Is Possible
Men Without Women
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer