Book charts plague era

PUBLISHED: 12:24 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

RAPID climate change and the arrival of the plague were features of British life in 1348. During that year, Kilmington staged its annual midsummer fair - the starting point of a debut novel being launched at Honiton Library next month. Publishers Michael

RAPID climate change and the arrival of the plague were features of British life in 1348.During that year, Kilmington staged its annual midsummer fair - the starting point of a debut novel being launched at Honiton Library next month.Publishers Michael Joseph and Penguin hotly anticipate the launch of Kate Maitland's Company of Liars, which is partly set in Devon.They have chosen Honiton, as part of a library tour of Britain, to unveil the book.Kate will be at Honiton Library on February 11 to take part in a question and answer session, and local storyteller Clive Pig will offer book dramatisation.Reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, Company of Liars charts a six-month period of rain - a problem that was so severe the Pope ordered special prayers. Crops failed, disease thrived and the east coast salt industry was wiped out.Tickets for the Monday, February 11, event (7pm) are priced £2 and available from the library on (01404) 42818.Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night.

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