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y Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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This historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the 'Plague Village,' in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself. (Source: Trove)

Notes

  • Selected for the 2003 Books Alive promotion.
  • Dedication: For Tony. Without you, I never would have gone there.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording and large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      England,
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      Fourth Estate , 2001 .
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      Extent: 320p.
      ISBN: 1841154571
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking , 2001 .
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      Extent: 320p.
      ISBN: 067091021X
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fourth Estate , 2002 .
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      Extent: 321p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes a readers guide, pp.313-321.
      ISBN: 184115458X
Alternative title: Undrenes år
Language: Norwegian
    • Oslo,
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      Norway,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      J. W. Cappelens Forlag , 2001 .
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      Extent: 268p.
      ISBN: 8202191688, 8202197910

Works about this Work

y Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders Virginia Lee , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102276 2016 single work criticism
Find the Cherry on Top of VCE Texts Jane Sullivan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 April 2012; (p. 32)
Jane Sullivan reports on three online commentaries dealing with Geraldine Brooks's Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. Sullivan notes the use of these commentaries for VCE students studying the novel as a set text in secondary school.
Magwitch Madness : Archive Fever and the Teaching of Australian Literature in Subject English Larissa McLean-Davies , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 129-152)
'...Magwitch madness...has been inspired by Derrida's notion of 'archive fever' - the 'compulsive, repetitive and nostalgic desire for the archive, an irrepressible desire to return to the origin' (Derrida, 1998, p. 9). Like the convict Magwitch in Charles Dickens's novel, who is relocated to Australia, but remains imaginatively and materially linked to the centre of the Empire through his patronage of the boy Philip Pirrip (Pip), contemporary manifestations of Magwitch madness, whether they be in curriculum documents, media debates, text selection or pedagogical practices, are distinguished by a nostalgia for classic texts...and metaphorical and virtual proximity to the cultural capital that these classic works represent. ...

In this chapter, I will examine some contemporary manifestation of Magwitch madness in Some Australasian texts set for study in senior English. Thorough this analysis, I will pursue the connection between these texts and a more systemic manifestation of this condition in the recent debate around the teaching of Australian literature and in the Australian Curriculum: English. In the final section of this chapter, I will explore the implications of Magwitch madness for classroom practice, by drawing on data collected in four diverse Victorian secondary schools in 2010 as part of the project National Stories: Teaching Australian Literature in Secondary English. Through the examination of these various and inter-connected expressions of antipodean archive fever in text, curriculum and practice, this chapter will map some of the complexities and challenges of teaching Australian literature in twenty-first century classrooms.' (From author's introduction, 130, 131-132)
Hearing Voices Geraldine Brooks , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 26 2009; The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 November 2009; (p. 12-13)
Geraldine Brooks reveals: 'I get many of my best ideas in graveyards. The idea for my very first novel - the story that tipped me off the ledge of factual journalism into the free fall of fiction - came from my habit of communing with the dead'. Brooks goes on to discuss the gravestone inscription in the village of Eyam that gave rise to her award-winning novel Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.
y Year of Wonders : Geraldine Brooks Kay Perry , Carlton South : NEAP , 2009 8197095 2009 single work criticism
A Sense of Discarded Gifts Carmen Callil , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , February vol. 3 no. 1 2008; (p. 3-5)
Relying on the Kindness of Strangers Susan Wyndham , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 April-1 May 2005; (p. 20)
A column canvassing current literary news.
Catch to $5 Cheapie For Bookbuyers Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 March 2003; (p. 7)
Back in a Hotspot Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 February 2003; (p. 7)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Pertinent Story Blythe Seinor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Sunday Age Book Focus : "Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague" 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 February 2002; (p. 11)
Sunday Age Book Focus : "Year of Wonders" Week Three : Discussion Points 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 February 2002; (p. 11)
A Wonderful Year Indeed Susan Wyndam , 2001 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 September 2001; (p. 9)
Two Places Faced with an Unidentified Enemy Jenna Price , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 September 2001; (p. 6-7)
The Chronicler of Chaos Corrie Perkin , 2001 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 October 2001; (p. 3)
Swept Along at a Fever Pitch Stella Clarke , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2001; (p. 8)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Servant's View of Pestilential Era Kate O'Mara , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2001; (p. 4)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Bubonic Women James Bradley , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 September vol. 119 no. 6290 2001; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
First the Grim Reaper, Then the Witch Hunt Connor McCarthy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
How Religion Shaped the Mind Michelle De Kretser , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 September 2001; (p. 7)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Back in a Hotspot Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 February 2003; (p. 7)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Pertinent Story Blythe Seinor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Swept Along at a Fever Pitch Stella Clarke , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2001; (p. 8)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Servant's View of Pestilential Era Kate O'Mara , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2001; (p. 4)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Bubonic Women James Bradley , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 September vol. 119 no. 6290 2001; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
First the Grim Reaper, Then the Witch Hunt Connor McCarthy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
How Religion Shaped the Mind Michelle De Kretser , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 September 2001; (p. 7)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Desperate Days Chris Brice , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 September 2001; (p. 23)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Village Plagued by a Test of Faith Penny Hueston , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 September 2001; (p. 9)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
A Year of Plague Stephanie Trigg , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 236 2001; (p. 22)

— Review of Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks 2001 single work novel
Catch to $5 Cheapie For Bookbuyers Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 March 2003; (p. 7)
Relying on the Kindness of Strangers Susan Wyndham , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 April-1 May 2005; (p. 20)
A column canvassing current literary news.
A Sense of Discarded Gifts Carmen Callil , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , February vol. 3 no. 1 2008; (p. 3-5)
Hearing Voices Geraldine Brooks , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 26 2009; The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 November 2009; (p. 12-13)
Geraldine Brooks reveals: 'I get many of my best ideas in graveyards. The idea for my very first novel - the story that tipped me off the ledge of factual journalism into the free fall of fiction - came from my habit of communing with the dead'. Brooks goes on to discuss the gravestone inscription in the village of Eyam that gave rise to her award-winning novel Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.
Magwitch Madness : Archive Fever and the Teaching of Australian Literature in Subject English Larissa McLean-Davies , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 129-152)
'...Magwitch madness...has been inspired by Derrida's notion of 'archive fever' - the 'compulsive, repetitive and nostalgic desire for the archive, an irrepressible desire to return to the origin' (Derrida, 1998, p. 9). Like the convict Magwitch in Charles Dickens's novel, who is relocated to Australia, but remains imaginatively and materially linked to the centre of the Empire through his patronage of the boy Philip Pirrip (Pip), contemporary manifestations of Magwitch madness, whether they be in curriculum documents, media debates, text selection or pedagogical practices, are distinguished by a nostalgia for classic texts...and metaphorical and virtual proximity to the cultural capital that these classic works represent. ...

In this chapter, I will examine some contemporary manifestation of Magwitch madness in Some Australasian texts set for study in senior English. Thorough this analysis, I will pursue the connection between these texts and a more systemic manifestation of this condition in the recent debate around the teaching of Australian literature and in the Australian Curriculum: English. In the final section of this chapter, I will explore the implications of Magwitch madness for classroom practice, by drawing on data collected in four diverse Victorian secondary schools in 2010 as part of the project National Stories: Teaching Australian Literature in Secondary English. Through the examination of these various and inter-connected expressions of antipodean archive fever in text, curriculum and practice, this chapter will map some of the complexities and challenges of teaching Australian literature in twenty-first century classrooms.' (From author's introduction, 130, 131-132)
Find the Cherry on Top of VCE Texts Jane Sullivan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 April 2012; (p. 32)
Jane Sullivan reports on three online commentaries dealing with Geraldine Brooks's Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. Sullivan notes the use of these commentaries for VCE students studying the novel as a set text in secondary school.
A Wonderful Year Indeed Susan Wyndam , 2001 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 September 2001; (p. 9)
Two Places Faced with an Unidentified Enemy Jenna Price , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 September 2001; (p. 6-7)
The Chronicler of Chaos Corrie Perkin , 2001 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 October 2001; (p. 3)
Sunday Age Book Focus : "Year of Wonders : A Novel of the Plague" 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 February 2002; (p. 11)
Sunday Age Book Focus : "Year of Wonders" Week Three : Discussion Points 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 February 2002; (p. 11)
y Year of Wonders : Geraldine Brooks Kay Perry , Carlton South : NEAP , 2009 8197095 2009 single work criticism
y Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders Virginia Lee , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102276 2016 single work criticism
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