Tuesday 17th March at 7pm; Shire Hall, Monmouth – Ticket £6
Following the huge success of Norwegian Wood – Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way, and The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, Lars Mytting has become a household name in this country as well as his native Norway. He will talk about his new novel, The Bell in the Lake – the first book in a rich historical trilogy.
Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.
Talented architecture student Gerhard Schönauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schönauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.
Then the bells begin to toll . . .