An Instance of the Fingerpost

  • by Iain Pears
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong, Roger May, Christopher Oxford, David McAlister
  • 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Oxford in the 1660s – a time and place of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment – this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles 1l a mathematician, theologican and inveterate plotter; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiquary. Each one tells their version of what happened but only one reveals the extraordinary truth.


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Rich in historic detail

Where does An Instance of the Fingerpost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great story, well told, one f my favourite audiobooks.

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There's a wealth of characters, all really well depicted.

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This is a long book, but it's fascinating. Strong sense of period with a lot of historic detail. It took a while to finish, but I really enjoyed it.

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- Vicuña

Exceptional storytelling

My mother recommended this book to me for years, and now I see why. The 1660s Oxford setting and smattering of familiar names create a convincing world where the four narrators tell their tales. Layer upon layer of detail, mystery and intrigue build as each account of events helps you put together the 'truth'. Using four readers in the audio recording completes the experience. Well worth my time!
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- A. Smithson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2011
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd