Islands of Mercy (Hardback)Rose Tremain (author)
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From the tea-rooms of Bath to the rainforests of Borneo, Tremain’s nineteenth-century, globe-spanning epic throws a reluctant healer and a flawed philanthropist together in a grand narrative of refuge and belonging.
She was 'The Angel of the Baths', the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that.
In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing 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.
Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British 'rajah', Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man's innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself.
Jane's quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph's endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe - from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.
Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 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 *
Vivid, transgressive, explicit and kaleidoscopic -- Rose Shepherd * Saga Magazine *
Triumphant, and beautifully told... [Tremain] is one of the best novelists writing today -- Sara Collins * Guardian *
I loved it, and the images continue to haunt me months later. It offered me the perfect escape -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * Lady, *Books of the Year* *
[A] clever study of human dreams, desires and weakness -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * Lady *
A moving, gorgeously described book about human endeavour * Tatler *
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