The Tide Mill

The Tide Mill

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by Richard Herley
     
 

The setting is feudal Sussex in the thirteenth century, a landscape and society that have changed almost beyond recognition. The power of the Church is at its zenith; yet the King, ruling by divine right, is sovereign, above all.

Ralf Grigg is the young son of a master carpenter whose business fails when Ralf is small. The family have come to live in the

Overview

The setting is feudal Sussex in the thirteenth century, a landscape and society that have changed almost beyond recognition. The power of the Church is at its zenith; yet the King, ruling by divine right, is sovereign, above all.

Ralf Grigg is the young son of a master carpenter whose business fails when Ralf is small. The family have come to live in the seaside village of Mape, where Ralf’s mother was born.

Ralf’s solitary evening walk along the sea-wall is interrupted by the distant sight of someone - a boy of about his own age - trapped in the mud of the saltmarshes. The tide is flooding. There is no time to fetch help.

The decision Ralf makes in that moment has profound and far-reaching consequences, not only for himself and his whole family, but for the lord of the manor, his sovereign, and the ruthless struggle for supremacy between Westminster and Rome.

Extent: 125,773 words (about 419 conventional pages)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000824627
Publisher:
Richard Herley
Publication date:
02/16/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
891,577
File size:
373 KB

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I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology. My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta. The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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The Tide Mill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
The Tide Mill is a beautifully crafted and very moving immersion into the lives of two families in England during the reign of Henry III. Herley brought me right into the mind of a Baron of the realm, trying to manage an increasingly penniless manor and his family. At the same time he introduces the family of a proud shipwright, a freeman and his family, especially his gifted son. The two families become deeply connected through a courageous act of the young freeman which eventually brings him into the sphere of the Baron's youngest daughter. Their love is tragically star-crossed, and what might seem to be a typical story is so skillfully woven through the tapestry of the time and the construction of a highly controversial technology -- the tide mill of the tile, it seems completely fresh. The idea of the young freeman, the mill It pits the Baron against not only the Bishop, but against his ability to absorb a risk of everything he owns. The author is very thorough in his depiction of life within the manor hall, all the way into the tiny parlor of the freeman's cottage, the texture and the emotions of all the interconnected characters feel immediate and completely honest, right down to the very satisfying conclusion. This is as great a masterwork in Historical Fiction as I have had the pleasure to read. I've always been a tinkerer myself, and was particularly taken by the detailed passages describing the construction of the mill itself. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the period and wonderful prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Herley has a way with words and bringing you into the land, culture, or area he is writing about. There are some common themes; but definitely not predictable. Characters have true depth and it is easy to connect with them and understand what motivates them. I have enjoyed every book Herley has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago