Booker prize FinalistThe time is the fourteenth century. Intriguing and suspenseful, morality Play is an exquisite work that captivates by its power, while opening up the distant past as new to the reader. A young boy has been found dead, and a mute-and-deaf girl has been arrested and stands to be hanged for the murder.
Morality Play - A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives.
Sacred HungerAnchor - The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Barry unsworth follows the failing fortunes of william kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved.
. Winner of the booker prize a historical novel set in the eighteenth century, domination, Sacred Hunger is a stunning, engrossing exploration of power, and greed in the British Empire as it entered fully into the slave trade and spread it throughout its colonies. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, young Kemp.
The Quality of Mercy: A NovelAnchor - With historical sweep and deep pathos, Unsworth explores the struggles of the powerless and the captive against the rich and the powerful, and what weight mercy may throw on the scales of justice. The youngest, only seven, is enjoying his last summer aboveground. Despite their polarized views on slavery, Jane, Ashton's beautiful sister, encounters Erasmus Kemp and finds herself powerfully attracted to him.
Lord spenton, who owns coal mines in East-Durham, has extravagant habits and is pressed for money. It is the spring of 1767, and to avenge his father's death, Erasmus Kemp has had the rebellious sailors of his father's ship, including Sullivan, brought back to London to stand trial on charges of mutiny and piracy.
The Quality of Mercy: A Novel - . Meanwhile, a passionate anti-slavery campaigner, in London, Frederick Ashton, gets involved in a second case relating to the lost ship. But as the novel opens, a blithe sullivan has escaped and is making his way on foot to the north of England, stealing as he goes and sleeping where he can. His destination is thorpe in the east durham coalfields, where his dead shipmate, Billy Blair, lived: he has pledged to tell the family how Billy met his end.
In this village, james bordon, and her miner husband, Billy's sister, Nan, live with their three sons, all destined to follow their father down the pit. Erasmus kemp wants compensation for the cargo of sick slaves who were thrown overboard to drown, and Ashton is representing the insurers who dispute his claim.
Barry unsworth returns to the terrain of his booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, this time following Sullivan, son of a Liverpool slave ship owner who hanged himself.
The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th CenturyAnchor - The novel opens in palermo, in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew live together in precarious harmony. With the exquisite prose and masterful narrative drive that have earned him widespread acclaim, and whose racial, tribal, Barry Unsworth transports the reader to a distant past filled with deception and mystery, and religious tensions are still with us today.
During his journeys, he encounters the woman he loved as a youth; and the renewed promise of her love, as well as the mysterious presence of an itinerant dancing girl, sends him on a spiritual odyssey that forces him to question the nature of his ambition and the folly of uncritical reverence for authority.
The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century - Thurstan beauchamp, a muslim arab, in the palace’s central finance office, works for Yusuf, a job which includes the management of blackmail and bribes, the Christian son of a Norman knight, and the gathering of secret information for the king. But the peace and prosperity of the kingdom is being threatened, internally as well as externally.
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. Known for his loyalty but divided between the ideals of chivalry and the harsh political realities of his tumultuous times, Thurstan is dispatched to uncover the conspiracies brewing against his king.
The Songs of the Kings: A Novel Unsworth, BarryAnchor - Here is a novel that stands the world on its head. But can a father really go to these lengths to secure political victory, and can a daughter willingly give up her life for the worldly ambitions of her father?Throwing off the heroic values we expect of them, Barry Unsworth’s mythic characters embrace the political ethos of the twenty-first century and speak in words we recognize as our own.
And when iphigeneia, agamemnon’s beloved daughter, and when a knife is fashioned out of the finest and most precious of materials, is brought to the coast under false pretences, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way. The blowhard odysseus warns the men to not “marginalize” Agamemnon and to “strike while the bronze is hot.
The Songs of the Kings: A Novel Unsworth, Barry - High-sounding principles clash with private motives, and dark comedy ensues. 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 impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman – blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail.
Losing NelsonAnchor - 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. He is convinced that nelson—britain's greatest admiral, in the battle of Trafalgar—is the perfect hero, and lost his own life, who finally defeated Napoleon, but in his research he has come upon an incident of horrifying brutality in Nelson's military career that simply stumps all attempts at glorification.
. Charles cleasby is, in fact, a Nelson biographer run amok.
Land of Marvels: A NovelNan A. Talese - Posing as an archaeologist, an American geologist from an oil company arrives one day and insinuates himself into the group. In land of marvels, a thriller set in 1914, he brings to life the schemes and double-dealings of Western nations grappling for a foothold in Mesopotamia now Iraq in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.
Somerville, a british archaeologist, is excavating a long-buried Assyrian palace. But he’s not the only one working undercover to stake a claim on Iraq’s rich oil fields. The expedition party includes somerville’s beautiful, a smart young graduate student; and Jehar, Edith; Patricia, bored wife, an Arab man-of-all-duties whose subservient manner belies his intelligence and ambitions.
Land of Marvels: A Novel - 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. Historical fiction at its finest, Land of Marvels opens a window on the past and reveals its lasting impact.
The site lies directly in the path of a new railroad to Baghdad, and he watches nervously as the construction progresses, threatening to destroy his discovery.
The Western Wind: A NovelGrove Press - As some of their darkest secrets are revealed, the intrigue of the unexplained death ripples through the congregation. In the small village of oakham, tom Newman, its wealthiest and most industrious resident, is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. But will reve, steeped in the spiritual traditions of the middle ages, discover what happened to Newman? And what will happen if he can’t?Written with timeless eloquence, and brimming with propulsive suspense, a man with secrets of his own, The Western Wind finds Samantha Harvey at the pinnacle of her outstanding novelistic power.
An extraordinary new novel by samantha harvey—whose books have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, guilt, the Women’s Prize for Fiction formerly the Orange Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award—The Western Wind is a riveting story of faith, and the freedom of confession. It’s 1491. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? narrated from the perspective of local priest John Reve—patient shepherd to his wayward flock—a shadowy portrait of the community comes to light through its residents’ tortured revelations.
ElmetAlgonquin Books - Daddy and cathy, and unyielding, set out to protect themselves and their neighbors, both of them fierce, strong, putting into motion a chain of events that can only end in violence. Narrated by daniel after a catastrophic event has occurred, Elmet mesmerizes even as it becomes clear the family's solitary idyll will not last.
. Is a response to the stylish intensity of her work, which boldly winds multiple genres into a rich spinning top of a tale. Kirkus reviews starred review the family thought the little house they had made themselves in Elmet, a corner of Yorkshire, that their peaceful, was theirs, self-sufficient life was safe.
. Mozley’s sheer storytelling confidence sends the reader sailing. New york times "a quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable. The economist"part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, part revenge tragedy with literary connections, lyrical, Mozley's first novel is a shape-shifting, but dark parable of life off the grid in modern Britain.
Elmet - Finalist for the 2017 man booker prize **the guardian best books of 2017 * december indie next pick * amazon best of the Month * Amazon Debut Spotlight * PEOPLE Magazine BOOK OF THE WEEK** “Beguiling. Their father built things and hunted, forced to do secret, working with his hands; sometimes he would disappear, brutal work for money, but to them he was a gentle protector.
When a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened, their innocence lost.
Transcription: A NovelLittle, Brown and Company - Sent to an obscure department of mi5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. A dramatic story of wwii espionage, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After LifeIn 1940, and loyalty, betrayal, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage.
Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.
Transcription: A Novel - It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy.
Unto Us a Son Is Given Guido Brunetti Book 29Atlantic Monthly Press - Now with an urgent case to solve, brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo’s life that ultimately led to murder—a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction. Once again, donna leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction’s most memorable and enduring characters.
Your situation is always ambiguous, count orazio falier, isn’t it, guido Brunetti, his father-in-law, observes of Donna Leon’s soulful detective, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Guido?”, Unto Us A Son Is Given. The world we live in makes that necessary, ” Brunetti presciently replies.
Unto Us a Son Is Given Guido Brunetti Book 29 - Gonzalo unexpectedly, and one of his friends just arrived in venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room—having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying “We are the only ones who know you cannot do this, drops dead on the street, and literally, ” referring to the adoption. For his part, a close family friend, Brunetti wonders why the old man, can’t be allowed his pleasure in peace.
And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath. Count falier was urging his venetian son-in-law to investigate, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count’s best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada, and preferably intervene in, to adopt a much younger man as his son.
Under italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo’s entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo’s friends find appalling.