The Linnet Bird by Linda HolemanThe Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman

The Linnet Bird

byLinda Holeman

Mass Market Paperback | September 6, 2004

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India, 1839: Linny Gow, a respectable young wife and mother, settles down to write her life story. To outside appearances Linny is the perfect Raj wife: beautiful, gracious, subservient. But appearances can be very deceptive ...

Born into direst poverty in Liverpool, Linny escapes the life of prostitution her stepfather has forced her into, transforms herself into a young lady, and escapes to India, where the British Raj is in its infancy. There she will find heartache and suffering, but also true love and - perhaps most precious of all - freedom.

But how did Linny achieve all this? And what has she sacrificed along the way? Most importantly, is this the end of Linny's journey, or is her story not yet over?

THE LINNET BIRD is an enthralling tale of one young girl's destiny and her struggle for happiness and survival.
Linda Holeman is the author of the internationally bestselling historical novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, and The Saffron Gate, as well as a number of other works of fiction and short fiction. The Moonlit Cage was chosen by Amnesty International UK as one of their 'ten great books on human rights'. Her novel...
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Title:The Linnet BirdFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.9 × 4.4 × 1.75 inPublished:September 6, 2004Publisher:HeadlineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0755322924

ISBN - 13:9780755322923

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book of All Time I found this book on a discount table and didn't expect much from it. Now it is my favourite book. I just love the different worlds you're taken to in one book. It's a great European historical fiction with an eastern touch to it as well.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever if you cannot sleep! Maybe the story is not true but it is so interesting that you want to read the whole book in one night. It is impossible to put it down! Please make it a movie! I would love to see it.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The linnet bird I felt as though I was actually in India....ms. Holeman does a wonderful job so sweeping us away in this epic novel. I would live to see it on the big screen one day!
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an adventure from the beginning to the end Even though my mom recommended this book to me, it was sitting on my bookshelf for a while. On a lazy afternoon I finally took it and started reading. It quickly pulled me into the history of Linny's life and I couldn't stop reading. The story stays interesting throughout. There is drama, romance, adventure, history, and more within these pages. Even though it consists of about 560 pages, I finished it just after a few days. I really enjoyed Linda Holeman's writing style and her believable characters. The book makes me remember my dreams and gives me hope that they will be fullfilled. I absolutely recommend it!
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Work of Fiction I actually read "The Moonlit Cage" first, but fortunately enough time had elapsed by the time I read this one that I didn't realize it until the end, or else I might have unknowingly spoiled some of the book for myself. This is one of those amazing stories that draws the reader in and simply does not let itself be put down until the very end. Every brutal reality suffered by her character is as tangible as the feeling of the pages beneath one's fingers. Holeman's way with words and her incredible ability to tell a story result in an incredibly rich, deeply moving tale of one amazing woman from the fetid squalor of her childhood through to courageous adulthood in a foreign land. I'm not able to put into words how amazing this novel is. All I can say is that one really must read it for oneself. I freely recommend "The Linnet Bird" to anyone who enjoys reading.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost Myself In the Descriptive Writing I usually don't read this type of novel but could not put it down, it took me no time at all to finish it. I felt as if I was back in time living the life of the main character. I have lent this book to several friends and everyone has loved it.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read!! This book grabbed me with the first page. I read quite a bit and it is very rare to find a book that I could not put down -- this is one of those rare books. Everyone who I have talked to who has read this book loved it. This is a wonderful story.
Date published: 2006-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book draws you in and wont let you go until you finish the book. and even after you are finished you wonder how the characters might have made out and you miss the characters also because you have come to know them so well.
Date published: 2005-07-31

Editorial Reviews

Linny's talent for survival makes for compulsive reading. This Canadian writer's first adult novel succeeds in being more than just a historical saga; it is a rites-of-passage tale with a very convincing and resourceful heroine.-The Lady