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978-0-8021-3481-3 • $13.50 • Paperback • Oct. 1996
A major best-seller in Britain, First Light begins
with an ominous coincidence: the reappearance of the ancient night sky during
the excavation of an astronomically aligned Neolithic grave in Dorset. Add to
this a group of wonderful eccentrics—archaeologists, astronomers, a civil
servant, a stand-up comic, local rustics—who converge on the site to disturb
the quiet seclusion of Pilgrin Valley.
Someone (or something) is trying to sabotage the best
efforts of the excavators, headed by Mark Clare, to unearth the dormant secrets
of the burial ground. Meanwhile, at the nearby observatory, astronomer Damien
Fall, his telescope focused on the red star Aldebaran, is unnerved by the
deeper significance he imputes to the celestial sophistication of the region’s
ancient inhabitants. And Joey Hanover, a retired music-hall and TV entertainer
searching for his own past, has learned secrets from Farmer Mint and his son,
Boy, the weirdly cryptic guardians of their ancestral home in the valley. What
do all these, among others, have in common?
All is masterfully woven into an immensely engaging and
entertaining novel—a suspenseful reflection on life, nature, and the cosmos,
and above all an illuminating and enchanting story.