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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.
The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. <P><P> Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. <P> At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?<P> Man Booker Prize winner
Fictional account about a woman's life in the "Kingdom".
"When Mrs. Axon found out about her daughter's condition, she was more surprised than sorry; which did not mean that she was not very sorry indeed. Muriel, for her part, seemed pleased. ...
A novel exploring contemporary feminism in England in the 1960's.
From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien. Charles O'Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England? The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies' corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive? The Giant, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.
[from front inside dust jacket flap:] "The year is 1782; the place, London: center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and magnet to the desperately poor. Among whom is the Irish Giant, O'Brien, a freak of nature, a man of song and story who places his faith in old myths, in fairies, miracles, and the little people. He has come to exhibit himself, to amaze all London with his great size. He has, he soon finds, come to die. The Giant's polar opposite and deadly opponent is a once-poor Scot who has become a society doctor. A famed anatomist and the employer of a legion of "resurrection men"--grave robbers who supply him with the specimens he must have to pursue his science--John Hunter knows the Giant is dying, and he lusts after his remains. He must have the corpse: his science demands it. Coin is offered. The Giant refuses: he will be properly buried, he will assume his throne in heaven. But money changes hands as friends are bribed and suborned. The Giant sickens, dies. Today his bones are on view to any curious stranger who passes through the Hunterian Museum in London's Royal College of Surgeons. Science has won. In this eagerly awaited new novel, Hilary Mantel tells of the fated convergence of two worlds: Ireland and England, poetry and materialism. As belief wrestles knowledge and science wrestles song, so The Giant, O'Brien calls to us from a fork in the road. It is a tale of its time, a timeless tale."
The author recounts the events of her childhood, and her life struggling with Endometriosis
Brilliant, edgy historical fiction that catches the jittery, violent flux of the French Revolution." Michael Upchurch, Chicago Tribune Paris, 1789: there are breadlines everywhere, armed beggars on the streets, minor riots most days. On the Left Bank, an obscure but ambitious young lawyer is clawing out a living. Georges-Jacques Danton is energetic, pragmatic, debt-riddenand hugely but erotically ugly. He intends to make his mark, and he doesn't mind how. Maximilien Robespierre is also a lawyer. He is slight, meek, diligentand terrified of violence. He wishes only to do good. Robespierre's dearest friend is a young man of no fixed address. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille Desmoulins is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter. An inveterate conspirator and a pamphleteer of genius, he soon finds he has a deft way with a crowd. A Place of Greater Safety tells the story of the Revolution through the lives of three men who formed their friendships in youth under the ancien regime, became players during the last days of Louis XVI and his corrupt court, led the mob in the first exhilarating moments of the upheaval, and died, none older than thirty-six, by the hand of the very forces they had brought into being. It is a stunning work of the imagination, one that reveals truths even the best historical accounts cannot match.
Getting out of a mental asylum where she has lived for the past 10 years, Muriel Axon is ready for vengeance. She has scores to settle with her welfare worker Isabel and her neighbor Colin. Sequel to Every Day Is Mother's Day.
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power.<P><P> England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.<P> Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?<P> In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.<P> Man Booker Prize winner
A tale of enormous suspense and growing horror, The Fox in the Attic is the widely acclaimed first part of Richard Hughes's monumental historical fiction, "The Human Predicament." Set in the early 1920s, the book centers on Augustine, a young man from an aristocratic Welsh family who has come of age in the aftermath of World War I. Unjustly suspected of having had a hand in the murder of a young girl, Augustine takes refuge in the remote castle of Bavarian relatives. There his hopeless love for his devout cousin Mitzi blinds him to the hate that will lead to the rise of German fascism. The book reaches a climax with a brilliant description of the Munich putsch and a disturbingly intimate portrait of Adolph Hitler. The Fox in the Attic, like its no less remarkable sequel The Wooden Shepherdess, offers a richly detailed, Tolstoyan overview of the modern world in upheaval. At once a novel of ideas and an exploration of the dark spaces of the heart, it is a book in which the past returns in all its original uncertainty and strangeness.
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