Pure by Andrew Miller

March 16, 2015, Article by Tom in Books Worth Staring At

Only the very best books get the ‘Books Worth Staring At’ sticker, and here’s the latest to achieve this…

The book: Pure by Andrew Miller

Published: 2011, by Sceptre

Why we loved it: Pure is a properly unusual and original tale. Imagine you’re a young bloke, an engineer to be precise, looking to make your mark in late eighteenth century Paris, and the authorities summon you to Versailles with a problem. Les Innocents, a burial ground in Paris, is quite literally overflowing with corpses, and they want you to sort it out.

This takes our hero, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, on a bizarre, testing, gruesome and often quite dangerous journey, as he and his team of workers must destroy the cemetery and church and cleanse the landscape. Not only that, but he must deal with some hostile locals and navigate the often quite seedy world of 1780s Paris.

Gripping, incredibly well-written and always entertaining, Pure is a unique read that quite rightly won the Costa ‘Book of the Year’ award. Well worth digging up.