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Sacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth

|September 23, 2008

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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

by Barry Unsworth

|September 3, 1996

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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. Breaking the…

Land of Marvels

by Barry Unsworth

|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…

Crete

by Barry Unsworth

|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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"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…

Pascalis Island

by Barry Unsworth

|November 4, 1997

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The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople.…

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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…

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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…

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Robert Markham is an Englishman in 1908 Constantinople. The Ottoman world is crumbling and Markham is a new appointee to the British legation in Turkey. Twelve years before, he had watched helplessly as his Armenian fiance had been brutally raped and murdered,…

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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;…

Losing Nelson

by Barry Unsworth

|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…