I said’The Warlow Experiment’ from Alix Nathan within my Booker Prize longlist forecasts article in July as a potential contender for its 2019 prize. Though my prediction concerning the dominance of historic fiction about this year’s longlist was far off the mark, I had been fascinated by the premise of this specific publication that’s based on a true experiment suggested from the late 18twentieth century. Nathan came across a brief article from the 1797 variant of the yearly Register which indicates that somebody had shot up the deal posted with a Mr Herbert Powyss that a couple of years before to invest seven years living in complete isolation in the basement of his manor home from the Welsh Marches. Just 1 person employed: a labourer who was apparently attracted by the reward provided by Powyss of 50 lbs annually for life so as to provide for his family.
December 22, 2019