A Wild & True Relation (Hardback)
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A Wild & True Relation (Hardback)

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Hardback 528 Pages
Published: 02/02/2023
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A Wild & True Relation opens during the Great Storm of 1703, as smuggler Tom West confronts his lover Grace for betraying him to the Revenue.

Leaving Grace's cottage in flames, he takes her orphaned daughter Molly on board ship disguised as a boy to join his crew. But Molly, or Orlando as she must call herself, will grow up to outshine all the men of Tom's company and seek revenge - and a legacy - all of her own.

Woven into Molly's story are the writers - from Celia Fiennes and George Eliot to Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens - who are transfixed by her myth and who, over three centuries, come together to solve the mystery of her life. With extraordinary verve , Sherwood remakes the eighteenth-century novel and challenges women's writing and women's roles throughout history.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349015361
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 820 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 48 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book is a rarity - a novel as remarkable for the vigour of the storytelling as for its literary ambition. Kim Sherwood is a writer of capacity, potency and sophistication - Hilary Mantel

Rich and immersive - Sunday Times

Breathlessly swashbuckling ... both full-blooded historical fiction and thoughtful literary deconstruction, both elements immaculately researched. You can take pleasure in her punchy plotting and flamboyant nautical descriptions, plus the subversive Molly's complex navigation of those dual selves - with "Orlando" a clear nod to Woolf's similarly gender-bending novel - Daily Telegraph

A gripping feminist adventure story - Cosmopolitan

A thrilling adventure novel that richly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of Devon at the turn of the eighteenth century. Smugglers, pirates and some cameos from some well-known writers - what's not to like! It presents swashbuckling action alongside reflections on authorship, agency and the powerful question of who gets to write history - Fiona Mozley, Booker shortlisted author of ELMET and HOT STEW

I loved this tremendous book and devoured it in two days. Vividly imagined, relentlessly entertaining, rich and resonant in scope and context, it's both a thrilling adventure and a vital witness to women's voices - Emma Stonex, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS

It is a breathtaking feat of historical fiction, and an utterly astounding novel. It is wise, urgent and entirely compelling. I was bereft when it ended. If it does not win every prize for fiction next year, I will be amazed. - Wyl Menmuir, author of The Draw of the Sea

A blistering tale of early 18th-century love, betrayal, murder, and revenge, wrapped up in a novel of smuggling, piracy, shipbuilding, and a girl who is not as she seems. The prose is superb - Historical Novels Society

Employing lusty couplings, a brooding hero and a tender young heroine, Sherwood plays knowingly with the romantic genre ... By both undermining and indulging the genre, it seems Sherwood is having her delicious contraband cake and eating it, too - Suzi Feay, Guardian

[Sherwood] adopts the dramatic conventions of the 18th-century adventure novel to spin a tale of secrecy, betrayal and law-breaking on the open seas, while cleverly subverting those same codes to reveal an inherently feminist agenda . . . champions rather than elides the female voice, giving her heroine the right to both speak and record the truth about her life - Harper's Bazaar

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“Sweeping, romantic, subtle”

Kim Sherwood is one of those authors who refuses to be trapped in one genre or another. She's written historical fiction about the Holocaust. She's written James Bond. And here she is telling, with great... More

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BluestockingLondon

“Fine swashbuckler with literary overtones”

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance review copy.

I was drawn to this book by the Hilary Mantel endorsement, as well as the description - I do like a good smuggler story.
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“Among the smuggler coves and creeks of Devon once lived a great woman”

I had recently enjoyed Kim Sherwood’s 007 novel and the late great Hilary Mantel said this is remarkable so I made my request for this without reading much about it. The story has a deep sense of place; the... More

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