Devotion (Hardback)
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Published: 03/02/2022
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Following two young women who embark on a dangerous journey to Australia as their community flees religious persecution, Devotion is a luminous story of freedom and consequence - and of love found and denied - from the bestselling author of Burial Rites.

1836, Prussia. Hanne is nearly fifteen and the domestic world of womanhood is quickly closing in on her. A child of nature, she yearns instead for the rush of the river, the wind dancing around her. Hanne finds little comfort in the local girls and friendship doesn't come easily, until she meets Thea and she finds in her a kindred spirit and finally, acceptance.

Hanne's family are Old Lutherans, and in her small village hushed worship is done secretly - this is a community under threat. But when they are granted safe passage to Australia, the community rejoices: at last a place they can pray without fear, a permanent home. Freedom.

It's a promise of freedom that will have devastating consequences for Hanne and Thea, but, on that long and brutal journey, their bond proves too strong for even nature to break...

From the bestselling author of Burial Rites and The Good People, Devotion is a stunning story of girlhood and friendship, faith and suspicion, and the impossible lengths we go to for the ones we love.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509863914
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Piercingly beautiful . . . [Hanne and Thea's] story is an elegy, freighted with loss and longing - Guardian

Such a glorious love story. And the poetry of the landscape had, for me, a Whitmanesque sensibility. A mighty impassioned cry to love and the land - Sarah Winman, author of Still Life

Hannah Kent’s latest novel is stunning - full of magic and adventure. I fell in love with language again reading it. So beautiful and so raw. Devotion is impossibly good - Evie Wyld, author of The Bass Rock

With an extraordinarily daring twist halfway through its narrative Devotion is a remarkable novel, an almost visionary celebration of the death-defying power of the women’s love - Sunday Times, Historical Fiction Book of the Month

There’s a mesmerising, transcendent reverence for love and the land in Hannah Kent’s exquisitely-wrought novel . . . Passionate and poetic, Devotion is a slow burn of a novel, full of grace and emotional gravitas - Daily Mail

Devotion is rare and exquisite, both beautiful and muscular in its portrayal of love found and denied. It’s a story of love as a radical act, and a celebration of place and persistence. As we’ve come to expect from Kent, this is masterful storytelling with pull-no-punches stakes. It’s taken root in my heart - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

Absolutely stunning. The writing, the characters and the twist were just perfect. Any Hannah Kent novel is guaranteed to be powerful, moving and so imaginative, but this was something else. It is a story that will stay with me. - Elizabeth Macneal, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory and Circus of Wonders

A superb novel. A fantastic merging of exquisite lyrical writing and page-turning adventure. Devotion had me constantly surprised, always entertained, and ultimately deeply moved: it deserves to be a glittering success. - Emma Stonex, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lamplighters

Kent tells her heroine's burgeoning love story beautifully - The Times

[A] marvellous queer love story - InDaily

A tale of the refiguring might of faithful hearts; of love that sustains and love that ruins; of exile and dominion - Sydney Morning Herald

It is a love story, ardent and wholesome, and it drapes its reader in lush historical detail. Fans will find a lot to savour - Guardian Australia

A poetic story of friendship, nature and what it means to step into a new world - both physically and spiritually - Cosmopolitan

Devotion, is nothing short of divine. Kent uses prose like a magician might use a wand. I could say so much about the depth and scope of this novel, its raw, powerful connection to nature and human emotion, and it still wouldn’t do it justice. Simply put, this is a beautiful book. A liturgy of love, full of grace and wonder. - Nydia Hetherington, author of A Girl Made of Air

Kent combines lyrical writing with a strong sense of place in this novel that takes us from a 19th-century Prussian village to the dusty plains of Australia - Good Housekeeping

One of my favourite reads of the year . . . While there is great sadness and hardship here, this surprising novel is ultimately about beauty, nature and an epic love. I adored it - ABC Arts

Draped in rich historical detail, Hannah Kent's luminous and poignant story explores kindred spirits and an epic search for freedom - Woman's Own

Devotion is utterly original. A glorious heartbreaking love story of infinite beauty - Heather Rose, author of The Museum of Modern Love

A modern classic, on par with heart wrenching love stories such as Wuthering Heights and Pride And Prejudice. It tells the story of an achingly beautiful love and a brutal search for freedom . . . A moving tale with a breathtaking twist - The Herald

Exceptional . . . there are not many novelists writing today who can conjure a European past as vividly as Hannah Kent . . . she is a master at immersing the reader in a particular place and a particular period, specialising in stories of women on the margins trapped in close-knit communities and claustrophobic situations - New European

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“Moving and Mesmerising”

Devotion by Hannah Kent is a moving and mesmerising novel that reads like a love song. 1836, Prussia, Hanne is reaching womanhood and hears the songs of nature. She finds it hard to forge friendships until she meets... More

Hardback edition
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“an absolute pleasure to read.”

Devotion is the third novel by best-selling award-winning Australian author, Hannah Kent. Hanne Nussbaum is almost fifteen when the Eichenwald family join their Old Lutheran community in the Prussian village of Kay.... More

Hardback edition
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“An epic novel about the transcending power of love. Truly exquisite.”

This powerful tale of queer love is one that will stay with me for a long time. Kent's writing is beyond perfection- it's a love song to nature, a moving tale of loss, an account of a truly epic journey, a... More

Hardback edition
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