The Wooden Shepherdess by Richard HughesThe Wooden Shepherdess by Richard Hughes

The Wooden Shepherdess

byRichard HughesIntroduction byHilary Mantel

Paperback | February 28, 2000

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The Wooden Shepherdess is the sequel to The Fox in the Attic, and the second volume of Richard Hughes's monumental historical fiction, "The Human Predicament." It opens with Hughes's hero Augustine in prohibition era America, where he is a bemused onlooker and an increasingly fascinated participant in a country intoxicated with sex, violence, and booze. In brilliant cinematic style, the book then moves to Germany, where the Nazi Party is gradually gaining in power; to the slums, mining towns, parliamentary back rooms, and great houses of a Britain teetering on the verge of class war; and to the wilds of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The novel ends with a terrifying account of the Night of the Long Knives, as Hitler ruthlessly secures his hold upon Germany.

This new edition of the The Wooden Shepherdess concludes with the twelve chapters that Hughes completed of the planned third volume of "The Human Predicament," here published for the first time in America.
Richard Hughes (1900-1976) was born in Surrey, England, but his ancestors came from Wales and he considered himself a Welshman. After an early childhood marked by the deaths of two older siblings and his father (his mother then went to work as a magazine journalist), Hughes attended boarding school and, with every expectation of being ...
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Title:The Wooden ShepherdessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 8.03 × 5.1 × 1.16 inPublished:February 28, 2000Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0940322307

ISBN - 13:9780940322301

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The two volumes we already have of “The Human Predicament” [The Fox in the AtticThe Wooden Sheperdess] are in themselves enough to make the novel a major and unique contribution to the century’s fiction.
— Walter Allen