Peter Hobbs grew up in Cornwall and North Yorkshire and was educated at New College, Oxford. He began writing during a prolonged illness that cut short a potential diplomatic career. He is the author of two novels: The Short Day Dying (2005) and In the Orchard, the Swallows (2012), and of I Could Ride All Day in my Cool Blue Train (2006), a book of short stories. He is also published in New Writing Peter Hobbs grew up in Cornwall and North Yorkshire and was educated at New College, Oxford. The Short Day Dying was short listed for the 2005 Whitbread First Book Award (known now as the Costa Book Awards), the 2005 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and won a 2006 Betty Trask Award. Books by Peter Hobbs. Mor. rivia About The Short Day Dying.
Peter Hobbs's debut, The Short Day Dying, is a masterclass in less is more, says Kirsty Gunn. There is little in the way of punctuation, phrases slide out in chunks and impressions are wholly subjective, bypassing the more usual intellectual devices of simile and allusion. Reading this wonderful book is to be similarly submerged.
Charles Wenmouth, the narrator of Peter Hobbs's first novel, is a Methodist lay preacher and an apprentice blacksmith. Set in the wild country around St Germans in the far east of Cornwall, the book tells of Wenmouth's friendship with a dying blind girl called Harriet French. There were times reading The Short Day Dying when I was reminded of one of the great 20th-century comic novels, Augustus Carp by Himself, a parody of the Victorian spiritual autobiography, and I'm not sure that this was the author's intention. The novel is constrained by ultrarealism and necessarily unleavened with moments of light; perhaps some playfulness with the genre on Hobbs's part might have gone some way to making this a more lovable book.
Is there a God? This questions burns through the mind of Charles Wenmouth, a Methodist lay preacher. Throughout the novel, I feel he is constantly in conflict with his faith. He admonishes those who do not observe the Sabbath, yet he wonders why he works so hard to make others believe just what he himself is struggling to believe in. For me the crux comes when he loses, through death, someone very close to his heart. In this day and age, we'd call it depression, as the signs are so obvious. This book is not an easy read, in that it lacks some punctuation
The Short Day Dying is a remarkably fine first novel by English writer Peter Hobbs. Hobbs gifts us with the personal journal of Charles Wenmoth for the year 1870. Charles is a man called by God to preach and minister to the people in his corner of Cornwall. He works for the blacksmith six days a week, fitting his ministerial duties into spare moments during the week and on the Sabbath
byHobbs, Peter, 1973-. Publication date 2006. Topics Lay ministry, Blacksmiths, Methodists.
The Short Day Dying (2005).
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English Gloriously redemptive, powerful and compassionate, The Short Day Dying is a love story of great power and imaginative richness. English Fiction (2000-.
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