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Allen & Unwin is extremely excited to be publishing international bestselling author Minette Walters’ new novel The Last Hours in October.
The Last Hours is Minette Walters’ first book in 10 years and marks a bold and brilliant new direction for the ‘queen of the psychological thriller.’ It is a gripping historical novel set in 1348 against the devastation and horror of the Black Death that is as intriguing and suspenseful as any of Minette’s crime thrillers.
‘No crime author has had a greater incentive to write about the worst killer man has ever known … and point fingers at the culprits …There are many worse criminals in history than there are in crime fiction.’—Minette Walters on The Last Hours
Minette Walters has published more than a dozen internationally bestselling psychological suspense novels including The Ice House, The Sculptress and The Scold’s Bridle, which all became successful TV series. Award-winning, bestselling and highly acclaimed, Minette Walters is one of the greatest female crime writers with more than one million copies of her books sold across Australia and New Zealand and over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
Dear book-loving colleagues,
I am thrilled to be able to tell you a little bit about my new novel The Last Hours, which Allen & Unwin will publish in October. It marks a change of direction—from psychological crime to a novel about survival during the dark and disturbing history of the Black Death—and is incredibly exciting. I’ve enjoyed bringing the same analytical qualities to history as I did to crime, and I believe readers will find The Last Hours as compelling, suspenseful and intriguing as any of my whodunnits.
The Last Hours is set in Dorset in 1348 and tells the story of how Lady Anne of Develish takes measures to protect her serfs against the Black Death. Dorset was the first county in England to be afflicted when a ship from France brought the sickness to Weymouth, and contemporary chronicles record that barely one in ten was left alive by the time the pestilence passed.
I live nine miles from Weymouth in a small hamlet with a 12th-century church and raised mounds which delineate a medieval settlement. Our whole village is a scheduled monument, and each time I leave my house I know that somewhere beneath my feet is a plague pit.
No crime author has had a greater incentive to write about the worst killer man has ever known … and point fingers at the culprits.
There are many worse criminals in history than there are in crime fiction!
With my very best wishes,
‘Minette Walters is a superb crime writer. Psychological suspense is her milieu, her worldwide sales number well over 25 million copies, her books have been made into television series and feature films, her writing acclaimed and awarded. But for the last ten years Walters’ pen has been quiet. Until now. The Last Hours is a brilliant historical novel as suspenseful and intriguing as any of Walters’ crime novels. We are so proud to be part of Walters’ change of direction and to be bringing The Last Hours to her readers.’—Annette Barlow, Publisher
For most, the Black Death is the end.
For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning.
Read a sample chapter of the book here.
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