Doomsday Book

Front Cover
Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Fiction - 669 pages
49 Reviews
Kivrin knows everything about the Middle Ages - she's read all the books. She knows it's dangerous: cutthroats in the woods, witch hunts, cholera, and millions dying in the plague. For a young historian, it's fascinating.

When Kivrin's tutors in Oxford's history lab finally agree to send her on an on-site study trip, she jumps at the chance to observe medieval life first-hand. But a crisis that strangely links the past and future leaves her stranded in the most deadly and terrifying era in human history, face to face with the heart-rending reality behind the statistics. And while she fights for her own life, Kivrin finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope in this dark time.

Five years in the writing, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the timeless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

The major one (and least nit-picky one) is the pacing. - Goodreads
This book started out with an awesome premise. - Goodreads
And I was in tears when I read the ending yesterday. - Goodreads
But I still expected a coherent and interesting plot. - Goodreads
And it sure doesn't advance the plot at all. - Goodreads

Review: Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel #1)

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

2.5 stars By all accounts I should probably love this book. It's about Oxford medieval historians who travel back to the Middle Ages in the name of scholarship! That should win four stars from me ... Read full review

Review: Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel #1)

User Review  - Clouds - Goodreads

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done. On the spur ... Read full review

All 18 reviews »

Related books

About the author (2005)

Connie Willis is a prodigiously gifted storyteller who manages to blend fantasy, science fiction, history and romance into her award-winning novels and short stories. She has won seven Nebula and eleven Hugo Awards (more than any other writer in the genre) and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams. Doomsday Book, All Clear and Blackout have won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for best novel. Her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Connie is married to physicist Courtney Willis, and has one daughter, Cordelia. They live in Greeley, Colorado.

Bibliographic information