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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 consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London He hits on a radical experiment 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 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 consequences for all included


About the Author: Alix Nathan

Alix Nathan was born in London and educated there and at York University where she read English and Music.She has lived in Norwich, Munich, Philadelphia, Birkenhead and now in the Welsh Marches where, with her husband, she owns some ancient woodland.She has published three children s books and written about Christina Rossetti and the 18th century writer and notorious beauty Mary Robinson.Since 2006 she has been writing adult fiction and her short stories have been published in Ambit, The London Magazine, New Welsh Review and read on BBC Radio 4.Her short story collection, His Last Fire, was published with Parthian in 2014 In 2015 Parthian published her debut novel, The Flight of Sarah Battle.



10 thoughts on “The Warlow Experiment

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    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


  2. ABCme ABCme 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, wow It 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 W


  3. Joseph Joseph 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 Commodious apartments are provided with cold bath, chamber organ, as man


  4. MaryannC. Book Freak MaryannC. Book Freak says:

    This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true story.Set 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


  5. Aoife Aoife says:

    I received this book from Serpent s Tail in exchange for an honest review.In 1793, Welshman Herbert Powyss does not want his name to fall into obscurity and decides to conduct an experiment about the effects of a seven year solitude on a man s behavior After constructing underground rooms, Powyss employs semi literat


  6. Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum 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 in Herefordshire Powyss enjoys reading scientific papers and cultivating rare plants and ve


  7. Eleanor Eleanor 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 undertake to live in solitary confinement underground for seven years, without cutting his nails, hair, or beard, keeping a journal of his thoughts The advertisement was answered by one man, a labourer with a wife and a large


  8. Ilana Ilana says:

    4.5 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 twodifferent novels either


  9. Janet Janet 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 cellar for 7 years This is framed as a sort of scientific experiment The subject is to live in ease and comfort with all his needs sup


  10. Connie G Connie G 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 mark on science by conducting an experiment He advertises for a man that is willing to live in solitary confinement in Powys nicely furnished basement The confined man will have a good supply of books and gourmet foo


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