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The Songs of the Kings: A Novel
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|December 18, 2007

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“Troy meant one thing only to the men gathered here, as it did to their commanders. Troy was a dream of wealth; and if the wind continued the dream would crumble.” As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political…
Losing Nelson
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|January 10, 2012

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Barry Unsworth’s Losing Nelson is a novel of obsession, the story of a man unable to see himself separately from the hero he mistakenly idolizes Admiral Lord Nelson. Charles Cleasby is, in fact, a Nelson biographer run amok. He is convinced that Nelson—Britain's…
Sacred Hunger
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|October 4, 2012

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WINNER OF THE 1992 BOOKER PRIZE 'Gripping . . . SACRED HUNGER covers a period between 1752 and 1765 . . . it concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon…
Morality Play
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|January 10, 2012

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Booker Prize Finalist The time is the fourteenth century. The place is a small town in rural England, and the setting a snow-laden winter. A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives.…
The Quality of Mercy: A Novel
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|January 10, 2012

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Barry Unsworth returns to the terrain of his Booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger , this time following Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, son of a Liverpool slave ship owner who hanged himself. It is the spring of 1767, and to avenge his father's…
Land of Marvels
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|November 30, 2011

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1914, and an English archaeologist called Somerville is fulfilling a lifelong dream: to direct an excavation in the desert of Mesopotamia. Yet forces beyond his control threaten his work. The Great War is looming, and various interest groups are vying for control…
After Hannibal
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|January 10, 2012

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Golden Umbria is home to breathtaking scenery and great art; it is also where Hannibal and his invading band of Carthaginians ambushed and slaughtered a Roman legion, and where the local place-names still speak of that bloodshed. Unsworth's contemporary invaders…
Land of Marvels: A Novel
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|January 6, 2009

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Barry Unsworth, a writer with an “almost magical capacity for literary time travel” (*New York Times Book Review*) has the extraordinary ability to re-create the past and make it relevant to contemporary readers. In Land of Marvels , a thriller set in 1914, he…
I, Claudius
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|August 3, 2006

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Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties. In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to…
Stone Virgin
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|September 6, 2012

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For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories…
Claudius the God
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|August 3, 2006

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Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. Here he recounts his surprisingly successful reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the army and the common people to repair the damage caused by Caligula;…
Crete
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|June 15, 2011

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"His keen understanding of history and legend...illuminate[s] his visits." - Publishers Weekly "A vivid picture of the island." - Associated Press "It is hard to think of anywhere on earth where so many firsts and mosts are crammed into a space so small," Barry…
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