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Evesham   By: (1871-1931)

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E.H. New's novel, Evesham, takes readers on an enthralling journey through the picturesque English countryside. Set in the quaint town of Evesham, the narrative casts a spell of nostalgia with its vivid descriptions and intriguing storyline.

The book introduces us to a diverse array of characters, each with their own gripping backstory. From the enigmatic protagonist to the mysterious supporting cast, New adeptly weaves their lives together, creating a web of intrigue that keeps readers hooked from start to finish.

One of the novel's standout features is New's masterful storytelling. With his lyrical prose, he paints a vivid picture of the surrounding landscape, transporting readers to the heart of Evesham. From the rolling hills to the meandering rivers, every aspect of the setting feels tangible and alive, infusing the story with a rich sense of place.

Moreover, New skillfully captures the essence of small-town life in Evesham. He delves into the close-knit community dynamics, exploring the relationships, gossip, and secrets that permeate its streets. This attention to detail allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the narrative, connecting with the characters on a deeper level and becoming emotionally invested in their journeys.

The plot itself unfolds in a measured, deliberate manner. The pacing may seem slow at times, but it serves a purpose, allowing readers to savor the intricacies of the story. New expertly balances moments of tension and suspense with quieter, introspective scenes, ensuring a perfect equilibrium that keeps readers glued to the pages.

It is evident that New has an affinity for the literary tradition of classics, as his writing style embodies a sense of timeless elegance. Each sentence is crafted with care, demonstrating a meticulous attention to detail. This literary finesse, combined with the compelling plot, makes Evesham an absolute pleasure to read for those who appreciate well-crafted prose.

However, the book does have its minor flaws. At times, the narrative becomes slightly convoluted, with a few subplots feeling disconnected from the main story. Additionally, some characters could have benefited from further development, as their motivations and actions occasionally felt superficial.

Overall, E.H. New's Evesham is a beautifully written and captivating novel that transports readers to a bygone era. Despite its small imperfections, the book's immersive setting, well-drawn characters, and engrossing plot make it a worthwhile read for anyone seeking a slice of life in a charming English town. New's ability to evoke a sense of longing and nostalgia is truly commendable, ensuring that Evesham will linger in readers' hearts long after they turn the final page.

First Page:

EVESHAM

WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY EDMUND H. NEW

LONDON: J.M. DENT & CO. 29 BEDFORD STREET

NEW YORK: E.P. DUTTON CO.

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[Illustration: Bridge St. Evesham]

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF

H.N. 1820 1893

D.N. 1834 1901

NOTE

For the historical matter contained in the following pages the writer is indebted mainly to George May's admirable history of the town issued in 1845, a book which, since its publication, has been the acknowledged authority on local history.

To Mr. Oswald Knapp his thanks are especially due not only for permission to make use of the series of articles, founded on the monastic chronicles, which appeared some years ago in the Evesham Journal , most of them under the title of "Evesham Episodes," but also for much generous help and criticism.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION II. EVESHAM AND THE VALE III. THE ABBEY 1. THE FOUNDING OF THE ABBEY 2. THE ABBEY AFTER THE CONQUEST. 3. THE DISSOLUTION. IV. THE REMAINS OF THE ABBEY V. THE PARISH CHURCHES VI. THE TOWN INCLUDING BENGEWORTH AND GREEN HILL VII. THE BATTLE OF EVESHAM VIII. CAVALIERS AND ROUNDHEADS IX. THE RIVER X. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Bridge Street Evesham and Bredon Hill, from the Parks The Bell Tower The Gatehouse and Almonry Abbot Reginald's Gateway In the Market Place High Street The Bell Tower, from Bengeworth St... Continue reading book >>




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