All Fall Down

Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books

Review

Growing up in a medieval Yorkshire village, Isabel's life is utterly predictable – until the pestilence, which has been devastating Europe, crosses the Channel and begins to spread northwards.

The noisy happiness of her secure, if simple existence amongst her neighbours, friends and family is gradually replaced by silence, desolation, disease and death, as the Black Death makes its mark on human history and Isabel struggles to protect herself and those who are dear to her.

Isabel’s personal experience of the plague, which wiped out about a third of the population when it struck medieval England, is depicted so vividly you can almost touch and smell her world as you read. This is an utterly absorbing, compelling and meticulously-researched historical novel which comes very highly recommended.

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