The Stonehenge Letters

The Stonehenge Letters

A Novel

Book - 2014
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While researching why Freud failed to win a Nobel Prize at the Nobel Archives in Sweden, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the piles of papers in the 'Crackpot' file are letters addressed to the executor of Alfred Nobel's will, written by several notable Nobel laureates - including Rudyard Kipling and Marie Curie -- each offering an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research uncovers that Alfred Nobel added a secret codicil to his will, a prize for the Nobel laureate who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.

Weaving together a wealth of primary sources - photos, letters, wills - The Stonehenge Letters tells the tale of a fascinating secret competition.

Praise for The Stonehenge Letters :

'This little novel is a delight from its first word to its last. The Stonehenge Letters is by turns thoughtful,whimsical, haunting and laugh-out-loud funny. Reading this book was like skating over the smoothest ice; I was blissfully unaware of the transition from history to fiction and back again'

- Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl

'In his alarmingly smart and dangerously absorbing Freud-tinged romance/detective story, Harry Karlinsky deploys explosions, earthworms, radioactive particles and a passel of Nobel laureates to reinvent historyin the golden age of invention.'

- Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books,, [2014]
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781552452943
Branch Call Number: F KAR
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm


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Feb 01, 2016

"The Stonehenge Letters" by Harry Karlinsky is an odd novel. I'm not sure if you'd call it historical fiction or invented history. There isn't really much of a plot. It is playful and fun and funny. And, oddly enough it made me ponder.

Sep 25, 2014

This book reads more like a scientific paper than a novel, complete with footnotes, appendices, glossaries, character references and photo credits.

I found myself constantly flipping back and forth to glean all the information concerning each chapter as I read.

That being said, I enjoyed the crackpot file fiction component while at the same time learning more about the creation of the Nobel Foundation.

Definitely different from the regular novel styles!

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