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His daily thoughts and actions The pay fifty pounds per annum for life Only one man is desperate to apply for the job John Warlow a semi literate laborer with a wife and six children to provide for The experiment a classic Enlightenment exercise gone than a little mad will have unforeseen conseuences for all include 45 May or may not upgrade to a 5 Definitely want to say things about this book as well as the one I just I finished previously Recursion both definitely among this year s favourites thought I cannot imagine two different novels either

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The Warlow Experiment

Herbert Powyss lives in an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable investigations and experiments in botany But he longs to make his mark in the field of science something conseuential enough to present to the Royal Society in London He hits on a radical experiment Alix Nathan s brilliant historical novel is inspired by an actual 1797 advertisement and set in Wales where Herbert Powys a well off man living on his estate with his servants he has no family He has a strong interest in botany but is driven by an inner desire to make his mark in the scientific field He hits on conducting a controversial experiment that seeks to examine the impact of complete isolation on a human being for the period of 7 years placing an advert in search of a suitable subject willing to undergo this ordeal Powys s experiment is to have far reaching conseuences that he never envisaged and result in a tragedy that is to tear his life apart The only applicant he gets is a desperate impoverished barely literate local labourer John Warlow with a wife Hannah and six childrenPowys kits out the basement in his Manor in what he perceives to be an ideal environment in his eyes there are books and the food provided via a dumb waiter is of gourmet uality with Warlow expected to complete a journal For taking part Warlow s family will be supported by Powys with Warlow paid 50 pounds a year These are turbulent political times with the French Revolution and Tom Paine s Rights of Man and Powys s household and locals have their own ideas and opinions of his experiment and Warlow s predicament as the seeds of subversion grow As Powys finds himself getting unexpected close to Hannah events conspire to turn his life upside down and his experiment to fall apart with disastrous repercussions This is an atmospheric and immersive read of morality ethics love and relationships science and an out of control experiment that is to severely impact Powys s life This is a fantastic read and I must mention how beautiful the hard back copy of the book is Highly recommended

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In isolation For seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the basement of the manor house fitted out with rugs books paintings and even a chamber organ Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact whatsoever; the subject will keep a diary of This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow the princely sum of 50 pounds a year for life if he consents to live underground in a cellar for 7 years without human contact John is a brutish man who beats his children and has grown tired of his meek wife Hannah so he willingly accepts the offer to live in comfort and away from his family Little does he know that this experiment will go horribly wrong for everyone with conseuences that were never imagined There were times the story lagged for me but the depth of the story kept me intrigued till the end A haunting and somewhat somber read


10 thoughts on “The Warlow Experiment

  1. says:

    Alix Nathan's brilliant historical novel is inspired by an actual 1797 advertisement and set in Wales where Herbert Powys a

  2. says:

    This is an intriguing read off the beaten path for sure Going from a reasonable human experiment to yep that was to be expected But the journey wowIt's 1793 Powyss a wealthy man wants to conduct an experiment to find out how resilient the human mind is when isolated from the world John Warlow is the only one who volunteers mainly be

  3. says:

    A reward of £50 a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his toe and fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Co

  4. says:

    This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow the princely sum of 50 pounds a year for life if he consents to live underground

  5. says:

    I received this book from Serpent's Tail in exchange for an honest reviewIn 1793 Welshman Herbert Powyss does not want his name to fall into obscurity and decides to conduct an experiment about the effects of a s

  6. says:

    The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan has the best premise I've read all year Can a man live for 7 years underground without seeing another human face It's 1792 and Herbert Powyss is a rich middle aged bachelor living in Moreham House

  7. says:

    Nathan’s novel is based on a true story in 1793 a Mr Powyss offered £50 a year for life to any man who would un

  8. says:

    45 May or may not upgrade to a 5 Definitely want to say things about this book as well as the one I just I finished previously Recursion—both definitely among this year’s favourites thought I cannot imagine two different novels either

  9. says:

    As someone who cherishes my “alone time” what reader doesn’t I was intrigued by the premise of this book A wealthy gentleman in 18th century Wales offers to pay a man to live in solitude underground in his converted ce

  10. says:

    Herbert Powys a wealthy man from Herefordshire is a loner interested only in books and horticulture In 1793 he decides he wants to make his mar