The Elixir of Life
“I have done my best to drive away the feeling of death,” she said. “There is that feeling in every room of this oldhouse, which has lain empty so long. There is a feeling of death even in the park that surrounds it. But there is one
little plot that has been saved from the wilderness. That is the rose-garden. The roses alone seem untouched by thefinger of death.”
For Richard Stanborough an invitation to Killigrew Hall offers an opportunity to pursue his passion for philosophy.
But the hall hides philosophy’s darkest secret. Soon Richard will have to choose between life, death and love. Yet how can he, when the very meaning of life itself has changed?
Thriller, horror and historical romance, The Elixir of Life is both Arthur Ransome’s first published novel and the only one he wrote for adults. As Christina Hardyment’s introduction explains, it is utterly unlike Swallows and Amazons and its sequels. Even so, readers familiar with the latter will find hints in The Elixir of the celebrated novelist Ransome would become, whilst all may enjoy this fast-paced and unusual thriller in its own right.
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