The Arrival of Missives
The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the battlefields of France, brings with him a message: part prophecy, part warning.
As Shirley's village prepares for the annual May Day celebrations, ...more
This is a 120pg novella which is quite peculiar, yet quite charming too. We follow a young imaginative girl called Shirley who lives in a very small village and is filled with fanciful ideas about escaping her life. Shirley has a passion and an infatuation with the new man in town, Mr. Tiller, who also happens to be her school teacher. She's bright and she's filled with life, but as she learns more about Mr. Tiller a ...more
The Arrival of Missives is a novella set in a small rural village in post-WW1 England, where Shirley is a girl on the cusp of adulthood. Even though the main characters are youngsters, this is not a children's or YA story. I'm sure young people can read and enjoy it, but it's written for a mature audience, with some mature themes.
Shirley is madly in love with the local teacher, a man whose wounds in battl ...more
Uncanny and strange, this was a terrifying story with an amazing protagonist and such a strong, original voice. The style was lyrical and beautiful, and instantly bowled me over; and then the story turned and refused to take a predictable shape. I loved it. Highly recommended.
This is a really short and strange story. This is the second book by Aliya Whiteley that I have read, the first being The Beauty, which was so weird I had mixed feelings about it. However, I really love Aliya Whiteley's writing style and had heard good things about The Arrival of Missives.
The story is about Shirley, a young girl in a country village just after World War 1, and she has a crush on one of her teachers who has come back from the war scarred and disfigured. Roc ...more
The nitty-gritty: Sexism and feminism collide in a strange but likable tale about a grim message from the future and the young woman who is determined to try to make things right.
It is beyond me to be calm, even though this is a ridiculous piece of whimsy that I did not care for just a mere week ago. But no. No, I cannot call if whimsy, now I am at the heart of it. There are deep roots to May Day, stretching back through the centuries. I find I have a taste for power in all its forms, on the r
Aliya Whiteley's novella, The Arrival of Missives, is a delicate, intelligent and thought-provoking story filled with beautiful and insightful prose. It's a captivating account of a young woman's life and choices in rural England after the Great War.
When I began to read this novella, I found myself deeply impressed by its freshness and uniqueness, because it was refreshingly different kind of speculative fiction. I consider it to be an excellent novella for r ...more
Arrival Of Missives is set in a small village in the years following the First World War. The community is very traditional with the same families having worked the land for generations, and men and women keeping to their strictly defined roles. We meet our narrator, Shirley Fearn, when ...more
The protagoinist, Shirley Fearn, is the only child of an increasingly successful, landowning farmer. She has been raised to be of interest to someone who would be willing and able to take over the f ...more
17 year old Shirley is the daughter of a landowner and her plans differ to that of her father. Life was changing after WW1 but it was still a patriarchal society and Shirley is a strong character who has no fear in challenging the old ways. She's partly estranged from her mother due to their divergent paths but there is one emotive moment which reminded me not to take everything at face value!
24 year old Mr Tiller has survived the war but his experiences ...more
It is narrated by Shirley, just in her last few weeks at the small village school. She has a crush on her young teacher, 24 year old Mr Tiller who has recently returned from the war badly injured. Perhaps though also he has post traumatic stress. As Shirley tries to get close to him, and as she considers what to do after school, the village is preparing for its May Day festi ...more
An idealistic young woman is in love with her teacher. She wants to break free of her village, get trained as a teacher, and marry the existing teacher and teach by his side. But there are Complications. The teacher was wounded in the war (WWI) in some strange, initially unspecified way. The young woman also has feelings for one of her pe ...more
Shirley Fearn narrates the happenings [and exchange of missives] during her last year ...more
It is very British though. That is, the prose is lovely and precise and languid, and the narrative is slow and restrained, until that moment, not too far along (at least that's what happened to me) when you realize you've been thoroughly pulled in, and you can't put the book down.
This is a story of fate, and power, and a heroine who realizes, as stated in the book's final paragraphs:
His presence gives me an optimism I h ...more
This is the second novella by Aliya Whiteley that I’ve read this year. The first one was her stunning story The Beauty (2014) which left me in awe of its invention, its beautiful prose, and its genuine strangeness. The Arrival of Missives is not quite as strange as The Beauty, but it is equally as fascinating once it draws y ...more
Instead of a creepily insidious post-apocalyptic tale of unexpected redemption amid one of the most persuasively ...more
The tale begins in a small village at the end of World War I. Shirley is nineteen, at the end of her schooling, and dreams of more than the preset plan expected of her. She isn’t interested in marrying a boy from town who will take over her father’s farm one day. Shirley has her eye on going ...more