In the winter of 1881 John Stannard, a young architect, is in self-imposed exile in a remote English village carrying out repairs to the parish church. Arrogant and insensitive to the needs of others, he soon begins to inflict serious damage on the thirteenth century building itself and on those with whom he comes into contact, but this is nothing to the problems that arise when he catches the eye of beautiful ambitious young local girl Ann Rosewell. As the villagers turn nasty and lust leads him astray, Stannard struggles to keep a grip on his sanity and what begins as an innocent affair soon descends into a nightmarish journey that ends in murder. Courting Shadows is a gripping exploration of truth vs fiction, head vs heart and progress vs preservation. Most of all it is about the creation of fictions and our capacity to deceive not only each other but most of all ourselves.
Used. Hardcover. Good condition. Some wear and tear. Minor shelf wear to the bottom of the dust jacket. Minor damage to the top of the book. Price marked in pencil.