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Description - An Instance Of The Fingerpost by Iain Pears

The 1660s were a time of great ferment-intellesctual, religious and political-and this is reflected in Pear`s text. The novel is centred on a suspicious death, that of Robert Grove, fellow of New College. We hear about it from four witnesses, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles 1l a mathematician, theologican and master spy; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiqary. Each of the first three witnesses is unreliable and only Wood, in the final volume, reveals the truth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099751816
ISBN-10: 009975181X
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 131mm x 37mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Iain Pears

Iain Pears was born in Coventry in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian and a television consultant. He is the author of several highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and The Dream of Scipio and Stone's Fall.

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