The Year Without Summer
In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever.
1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia
Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his
I knew nothing about the year without summer before reading this book. Among the cast of characters we have Mary Shelly and John Constable. Some stories are told in the third person, others in the first. This is actually six stories of individuals who are connected only by this event ...more
I knew nothing about the year without summer before reading this book. A long the cast of characters we have Mary Shelly and John Constable. Some stories are told in the third person, others in the first. This is actually six stories of individuals who are connected only by the event ...more
In 1815, Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island (then part of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia) exploded. This powerful volcanic eruption killed thousands immediately, led to the starvation of thousands more, and had a massive impact on the world’s climate in 1816. The Year Without Summer, as 1816 came to be known, caused famine resulting in poverty and riots. Snow fell in the northern hemisphere in August.
‘It was the end of times; he knew of no other ...more
None of the ...more
In England, things were already difficult. ...more
Publisher: John Murry Press, Two Roads
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publish Date: 6 February 2020
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
A truly wonderful book that moves the heartstrings and leads you to question the climate issue of the present. Glasfurd has chosen to write a historical novel about the year known as, the Year Without Summer: 1816. In the Sumbawa Islands, Indonesia, Mount Tambora stood at14,100 feet but the 1815 eruption reduce its hight to 9,350 feet while ...more
The story of Sarah Hobbs illustrates one of my favourite aspects of the writing in this book - it has a slightly dated style. There's something ...more
In a time when there is so much confusion and uncertainty about the potential for devastation from climate change, looking back just over two centuries to 1816 can give us an idea. In her new novel, The Year Without Summer, Guinevere Glasfurd does just that. Ash fallout from a huge volcanic eruption in Indonesia changed weather patterns around the globe, albeit only for months rather than permanently, but the effects were catastrophic. This ...more
Guinevere Glasfurd's research is immaculate and far reaching. She takes six characters, based on real life figures, from different walks of life and presents their stories relating to this momentous year.
The novel Frankenstein had its inception in a Europe ...more
“1816 - one event, six lives, a world changed”
The event actually takes place in 1815 with the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. This novel weaves together six stories, each exploring the lives of individuals who experience an aspect of this event as its ash cloud blocks the sun and ...more
Having read and loved The Words in My Hand I was very excited to read the latest novel by this author. It begins in 1815 with the eruption of Mount Tambora. The eruption was so huge that it had a devastating effect upon the world’s climate, raising the temperature by 1 to 2 degrees and causing worldwide famine and changes to the weather such as snow falling in August. The terrible aftermath of this eruption has parallels with the destruction which we ...more
I was very keen to read Glasfurd’s second book, “The Year Without Summer,” after reading mostly praiseworthy reviews. It shows how one catastrophic event in 1815 impacted on six main characters.
From the outset we learn how a massive eruption in 1815, from Mount Tombora in Indonesia, caused absolute devastation in this area and far beyond! Countless numbers of people were killed and the horrendous ash spewed forth, as the ripples spread ...more
In this brilliant novel we trail after real characters around the world - writer Mary Shelley and John Constable, to name a few, along with fictional characters - who must navigate the difficulties of the ...more
Ranging across a variety of locations, the novel follows the fortunes of Henry, the surgeon on a ship dispatched to investigate the event; the painter, John Constable as he travels between London and Suffolk, struggling to make enough money to get married; the writer, Mary Shelley in ...more
Here are six tales charting the ...more
The effects of the 1815 eruption of the Tambora in Indonesia were felt worldwide for three years after the event. Snow fell in summer, biblical floods washed Europe, while North America was hit with drought. Crop failure and famine led to social unrest, and the failure of monsoons gave rise to cholera and typhoid epidemics.
Glasfurd draws on her research to imagine half a dozen or so of the lives of those affected, including artist John ...more
It's a fascinating and true premise, particularly timely at the time of writing after eruptions in New Zealand and the Philippines.
The story is actually six stories of individuals across the world, connected only by the event, each of them facing a world that has been subtly - or not so subtly - affected by the volcanic ...more
A volcano has erupted, one of the biggest eruptions ever recorded, and this event is real.
Glasfurd constructs a host of narratives around this incident, with many of the impacted characters wholly unaware of the event; John Constable is striving to make a living from painting, while desperate to marry his sweetheart, with his story set in a dismal, grey summer; Sarah is a farmhand, living ...more
We follow the stories of author Mary Shelley, the painter John Constable, a poor farm labourer in the Fens, a ship's doctor, an American preacher & a Napoleonic soldier
There were times when I found the format confusing, as unlike most books of this type there really was no connection between the stories. I think I was waiting for something to happen that would bring some sort of interaction or a cohesion to the ...more
I enjoyed the interwoven narratives, although I wish there was more order to their arrangement. The writing is variable: in some characters' mouths, Glasfurd's words sing, but in others they sound a little stilted. Farmhand Sarah and ship surgeon Henry have the strongest sections – they best reflect the turmoil of the year and it felt like their stories ...more