Half of the Human Race (Paperback)
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Half of the Human Race (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages
Published: 05/01/2012
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Summer of 1911. English society is on the brink of change. The streets of London ring with cheers for a new king's coronation and the cries of increasingly violent suffragette protests.

Connie Callaway, fired up by the possibilities of independence, wants more than the conventional comforts of marriage. Spirited and courageous, she is determined to fight for 'the greatest cause the world has ever known'.

Will Maitland, the rising star of county cricket, is a man of traditional opinions. He is both intrigued and appalled by Connie's outspokenness and her quest for self-fulfilment.

Their lives become inextricably entangled just as the outbreak of war drives them further apart. Buffeted and spun by choice and chance, Connie and Will struggle against the aftershocks of war and the changes it wreaks. This is a deeply affecting story of love against all the odds.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099531944
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


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Powerful and touching - Clare Clark, Guardian

Excellent and surprising... wonderfully rich... A thoroughly absorbing and moving novel and it is a testament to the author's adaptability and energy that he is equally at home writing about feminist civil rights, cricket, prisons, art and medicine. And love. Especially love. A good all-rounder indeed - Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

An exhilarating love story - Sunday Telegraph

What lights up Half of the Human Race is not only the Suffragist movement in all its glory and lunacy, but Quinn's affection for his cast... So often, historical fiction relies on research for its colour and depth of interest, but these are people who feel absorbingly real in their misunderstandings, jokes, troubles and passions...and this makes the novel equally interesting to both sexes...moving... compelling... satisfying - Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph

Quinn's impeccable eye for detail, perfect pitch for the nuances of dialogue, and the quiet, understated passion that enlivens his writing combine here to make his considerable achievement seem effortless... The Rescue Man won prizes. Half of the Human Race should follow in its footsteps and establish its author as one of our most impressive novelists - Peter Stanford, Independent

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“A fantastic read”

I stumbled upon this book and, I have to say without doubt, that I am so glad that I did. The enthralling plot becomes a test to the richly presented characters and reveals the romance that breaks your heart and mends... More

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“Great book”

I think it is very unfair to describe this book as a love story. The love story is there but to me it was the background to everything else, from the horrors of war, to the struggle of the suffragettes, the pain of... More

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