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The author of the book: Gillian Tindall
Date of issue: 2003
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Celestine Chaumette, the eligible daughter of an innkeeper, was born in 1844 and died in 1933. Inspired by old letters found in a deserted house, the author works outwards from the bare bones of Celestine's existence to produce a vivid picture of French rural life at a time of massive social change. Bad harvests lead to grain riots, the railways end the village's isolation, a school is built and schoolmasters come and go, young men are sent to war, tractors transform agriculture and people desert the village for city life. Yet the village is composed of individuals and the author combs local archives to investigate the lives of Celestine's cousins and connections. Well worth reading.
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Read information about the authorGillian Tindall began her career as a prize-winning novelist. She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place.
Her The Fields Beneath: The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print; nor has Celestine: Voices from a French Village, published in the mid 1990s and translated into several languages, for which she was decorated by the French government.
Well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research, Gillian is a master of miniaturist history. She lives with her husband in London.
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