Briefly, A Delicious Life (Hardback)
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Briefly, A Delicious Life (Hardback)

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£14.99
Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 23/06/2022
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An astonishingly fresh and bewitching slice of historical fiction fused with the otherworldly, Briefly, A Delicious Life follows the family of Georges Sand to Mallorca where the ghost of a young girl falls madly in love with the writer.

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2023

In 1838 Frederic Chopin, George Sand and her children travel to a monastery in Mallorca. They are there to create and to convalesce, to live a simple life after the wildness of their Paris days.

Witness to this tumultuous arrival is Blanca, the ghost of a teenage girl who has been at the monastery for over three hundred years. Blanca's was a life cut short and she is outraged. Having lived in a world full, according to her mother, of 'beautiful men', she has found that in death it is the women she falls for, their beauty she cannot turn away from, and it is the women and girls who, over her centuries in the village and at the monastery, she has sought to protect from the attentions of men with what little power she has. And then George Sand arrives, this beautiful woman in a man's clothes, and Blanca is in love.

But the rest of the village is suspicious of the newcomers, and as winter sets in, as George tries to keep her family and herself from falling apart, as Chopin writes prelude after prelude in despair on his tuneless piano, their stay looks likely to end in disaster...

Heady with the delicious scent of the Mediterranean, richly witty, and utterly compulsive, Briefly, A Delicious Life is a story about convention and breaking convention, about love - yearning, secret, forbidden, unrequited - and about men and women and the violence they mete out to one another.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529083422
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A luscious, multi-sensory bewitchment of a book - Stevens' writing rings with wit and surprise' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'I found myself floored by Nell Stevens' mastery with language, by her deep understanding of the human spirit, by the astonishing freshness of this historical novel. Briefly, A Delicious Life is not only a shining work of art, but so deftfully, gracefully done, that it was a struggle to stop myself from turning the pages - to pause and let each pristine sentence roll over me. Nell Stevens is an original, whose touch is as deft as it is masterful. I cannot wait to read what she writes next.' - Elizabeth Macneal

'Electrifyingly beautiful, exhilaratingly clever... categorically the most gorgeous first novel I've read in years. It's rare that I come across historical fiction so sensual, so original, so intelligent, and so brimming with love' - Imogen Hermes Gowar

'A novel of tremulous beauty, sly wit and deep understanding, Briefly, A Delicious Life is an addictive, sunlit delight' - Stuart Evers

'A luminous, beguiling exploration of creativity and love' - Alice Albinia

'A haunting, dazzling tale of all the good stuff: love, sex, music, literature, death, and what happens after. Nell Stevens is a beautiful writer.' - Melissa Broder

'We know we are curious about the dead but imagine a life lived so vibrantly as to make the dead curious about us. Nell Stevens brings a reader into the strange and brilliant artistic exile of George Sand, writing this tender story with tremendous heart and daring. Here, reader, are the low-lying truths of love, art and time' - Samantha Hunt

'A gorgeous, wildly seductive novel, shimmering with intelligence, humour and joy. I adored this book.' - Sarah Waters

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“Briefly, a wonderful novel!”

A brilliant, beguiling, darkly funny tale of a spirited, subversive young ghost called Blanca, outraged that her life was cut short in her prime, determined to enjoy death to the full, who falls in love with the very... More

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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“A delight!”

The year is 1838 and Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her children travel to a beautiful, isolated and rather run-down monastery in exotic Mallorca in search of peace, tranquility and inspiration.
They are there to... More

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“A beautiful ghost story”

Briefly, A Delicious Life is a beautifully spooky, mysterious novel full of joy and sadness, love and loss. It’s a gorgeous depiction of the human experience and I loved it.

Blanca, a centuries-old teenage ghost,... More

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