The Bellwether Revivals
Part Secret History, part Brideshead Revisited for the 21st century, a page-turning, romantic, eerie tale of genius and, possibly, madness, now in paperback.
The Bellwether Revivals opens and closes with bodies. The story of whose bodies and how they come to be spread about an elegant house on the river near Cambridge is told by Oscar, a young, bright working-class man who has fallen in love with an upper-class Cambridge student, Iris, and has thereby become entangled with a group of close friends, led by Iris's charismatic, brilliant, possibly dangerous brother. For Eden Bellwether believes he can heal -- and perhaps more -- through the power of music.
In this stunning debut, we too are utterly unsure as to whether Eden Bellwether is a saviour or a villain, and whether Oscar will be able to solve this mystery in time to save himself, if not everyone else.
• "Stunningly good ... Wood writes with vigour, precision and intensity, with a story that will keep readers up all night." -- Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo
• "A powerful read that explores the conflicts that arise between logic, religion and blind faith" -- The Bookseller
• "Effortlessly vivid ... Wood's confident, sometimes creepy debut novel draws you in ... and then, once you're inside, holds on, ever tightening its grip." -- Independent on Sunday
• "Previous authors have explored the proximity of genius to madness, but Wood treats this familiar theme with a freshness and intelligence that hint at greater things to come." -- TLS