Islands of Mercy (Paperback)Rose Tremain (author)
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A hell of a read' Sunday Times
'Triumphant, and beautifully told...one of the best novelists writing today' Sara Collins, Guardian
All must gamble with their fate. But not all can win...
In the city of Bath, in the year 1865 Jane Adeane, renowned for her restorative skills, is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her.
But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined...
Discover the ultimate historical read. A perfect gift this Christmas.
'Terrific' The Times
'One of our most accomplished novelists' Observer
'One of my favourite writers' Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 29 mm
Terrific -- Louise Carpenter * The Times *
Another gratifyingly well-put-together work... Tremain's long sentences brim with a poised positivity...[and] add lightness to her fond depictions of these imperfect strivers -- Francesca Carington * Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week* *
Subtle, illuminating and captivating -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday *
A moving exploration of love and the sacrifices we're willing to make in its name * Good Housekeeping *
Over a distinguished literary career, Rose Tremain has traversed genres with her customary flair... in her portrayal of the ways in which individual longing and frustration unfold against the constraints of forces beyond our control, Tremain has long been one of our most accomplished novelists, and here is further confirmation -- Stephanie Merritt * The Observer *
An exhilarating exploration of love, life, loss and death... A thrilling and seductive story... Vivid and beguiling -- Rowan Mantell * Eastern Daily Press *
Rose Tremain gives Hilary Mantel a run for her money for the title of Britain's greatest living historical novelist... there are still few writers who can conjure up a version of the past that is so startlingly unfamiliar yet so convincing -- Charlotte Heathcote * Sunday Express *
An enjoyable page-turner -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times *
A new book from Rose Tremain is always a cause for celebration. Her exceptionally well-crafted and deeply humane historical novels are invariably a joy and Islands of Mercy is no exception... A rich, rewarding and highly satisfying novel from one of our finest novelists. * Daunt Books *
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