- 304 pages
- ISBN 978-1-854115-22-5
An exclusive, signed and boxed first edition of Zillah Bethell's magical novel, following the fortunes of 17 year-old Eveline Renan as she searches for an escape from a Paris under siege in the 1870s.
Signed by the author and packaged with two Green and Black's chocolate bars, this book will arrive wrapped and ribboned with an Inpress post card. A perfect gift for book lovers.
Le Temps des Cerises is a vivid, flamboyant historical novel careering through life in the Franco-Prussian war, in particular the siege of Paris in 1870, when the inhabitants all but starved in a frozen winter. The story begins with Sister Agnes giving birth to a baby girl, an event that triggers a crisis of faith in Sister Bernadine, who, it comes to light, has given up a baby many years previously. This baby is Eveline Renan, a beautiful seventeen year old desperate to escape her life of drudgery and eager to explode conventional gender and sexual roles. The age of war and revolution finds reflection in the hearts of individual characters, as they begin to question their own principles, expectations and modes of existence. Ultimately, however, the legitimate government comes back to reclaim the city from the Commune, resulting in the terrible events of la semaine sanglante – the bloody week. Faced with these horrors, the characters are forced to either return to their old ways, or stand firm in their newfound identities.
Zillah Bethell is a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford and now lives in Tondu with her husband and two young children. She is also the author of Seahorses are Real (Seren, 2009), a haunting tale of love and tragedy that highlights the rare subject of domestic violence against men.