The Bellwether Revivals: A Novel

By Benjamin Wood

*Finalist for the Costa First Novel Award*

*Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize*

 
From a emerging literary superstar, an exhilarating debut novel of mental suspense set one of the schools of Cambridge

When brilliant and bookish Oscar Lowe follows the haunting sound of an organ into the chapel of Kings university, Cambridge, in the future, his complete global alterations. He meets a stunning and seductive clinical scholar, Iris Bellwether, and her charismatic and afflicted brother Eden. Oscar is seduced through their lifetime of scholarship and privilege, but if Eden convinces Iris and her close-knit team of acquaintances to take part in a sequence of tense experiments, Oscar fears he has entered into anything from which he can't get away. akin to Donna Tartt’s The mystery History, The Bellwether Revivals is a gripping exploration of the road among genius and insanity that would carry readers spellbound until eventually its breathtaking conclusion.

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You couldn’t keep his soul, though,’ Iris stated. ‘He’s a non-believer. ’ She perched side-saddle at the crossbar of the motorbike, putting an arm round her brother and kissing him softly at the cheek. ‘Shall we move? ’ Eden bought the kiss, slightly reacting. ‘Yes, let’s,’ he acknowledged, ‘before the porters capture me in this factor. I’ve already been warned approximately using via. ’ ‘I don’t comprehend why you insist on biking. simply take a cab. ’ ‘It’s develop into whatever of a conflict of wills. First guy to blink loses. Can’t enable that take place. ’ Eden decreased his voice to assert anything into her ear and he or she laughed, hitting his arm playfully. ‘Shut up,’ she acknowledged. ‘Don’t say that. ’ Then, with a stiff stream of his legs, Eden began to pedal away. ‘Good to fulfill you, Oscar,’ Iris stated. ‘Yeah. similar. ’ ‘See you Sunday. ’ ‘Yeah. Sunday. ’ They have been fairly a sight, the 2 of them: Eden pumping tough on the pedals simply to hold the motorcycle upright, and Iris together with her lengthy legs stretched out a couple of inches above the floor. As they approached the Gatehouse, the place the garden grew to become at a correct attitude, she known as out into the hazy lamplight, yet Oscar couldn’t fairly inform what she used to be asserting. Dr Paulsen was once sound asleep within the leather-based armchair by means of the window. His head used to be limp opposed to his shoulder, heavy as a lettuce, and the solar was once edging throughout his face. ‘How are we this morning? ’ Oscar acknowledged. He accumulated a pillow from the mattress and waited for the previous guy to stir. It was once after 9 a. m. and he knew that Dr Paulsen would wish to be woken; in contrast to the opposite citizens, he used to be no longer a guy who was once satisfied to sleep the day away. He didn’t prefer to waste time on tv the way in which the others did, or spend a complete week assembling a jigsaw that simply printed an image of a sunny international vista he was once too previous to go to. (‘I’ve by no means understood the concept that of the jigsaw,’ he as soon as stated. ‘I suggest, the picture’s already at the box—where’s the secret? ’) His room used to be very various from the others: shiny with ordinary mild, dense with furnishings and books, and the odor of urine was once fainter right here than anyplace else within the construction. Oscar placed this all the way down to the additional care the nurses took in emptying Paulsen’s bottle—the outdated guy used to be so chilly to so much of them that they have been scared of spilling a drop. Dr Paulsen lifted his head, an internet of drool stuck opposed to his chin. ‘Oh, it’s you,’ he acknowledged, taking a look at Oscar, dew-eyed. ‘Is it that point already? i used to be having an excellent dream approximately … good, approximately whatever. i believe Rupert Brooke was once in it. someone used to be swimming bare within the Cam, besides. If I have been thirty years more youthful, I would’ve came upon all of it particularly arousing. ’ Oscar put the pillow at the back of the previous man’s neck. ‘Are you coming down for breakfast this present day? Or are we nonetheless protecting ourselves to ourselves? ’ ‘I haven’t determined. ’ Paulsen sat upright within the chair. ‘The extra i glance at those related 4 partitions, the extra i think like Edmond Dantès. A heroic bearer of injustice. ’ He narrowed his eyes at Oscar. ‘You’re very chirpy this morning. What’s obtained into you? ’ ‘Nothing. ’ ‘Rubbish.

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