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I, Claudius

by Robert Graves

|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…

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…
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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…

Crete

by Barry Unsworth

|January 16, 2007

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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…

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…
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Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different…
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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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Set in the Middle Ages during the brief yet glittering rule of the Norman kings, The Ruby in Her Navel is a tale in which the conflicts of the past portend the present. The novel opens in Palermo, in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew live together in precarious…
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It is the spring of 1767, and the vengeful Erasmus Kemp has had the mutinous sailors of his father’s ship brought back to London to stand trial on piracy charges. Much to Kemp’s dismay, the Irish fiddler Sullivan has escaped, and retrieving him proves…
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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;…