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Merivel: A Man of His Time (Hardback)
  • Merivel: A Man of His Time (Hardback)

Merivel: A Man of His Time (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 06/09/2012
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As heard on 'Book at Bedtime', BBC Radio 4 The gaudy years of the Restoration are long gone. Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair master? Is he the King's friend or the King's slave? In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court. But Versailles - all glitter in front and squalor behind - leaves Merivel in despair, until a chance encounter with Madame de Flamanville, a seductive Swiss botanist, allows him to dream of an honourable future. But will that future ever be his? Back home at Bidnold Manor, his loyalty and medical skill are tested to their limits, while the captive bear he has brought back from France begins to cause unlooked-for havoc in his heart and on his estate. With a cascade of lace at his neck and a laugh that can burst out of him in the midst of torment, Merivel is a uniquely brilliant creation, soulful, funny, outrageous and achingly sad. He is Everyman. His unmistakable, self-mocking voice speaks directly to us down the centuries.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701185206

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“An absorbing read – thoroughly recommended.”

Merivel is a complex character. At times he demonstrates very questionable morals, at other times he shows admirable compassion and understanding, particularly towards his ageing servants, who have been with him... More

5th September 2012
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Now, I haven't read Restoration, which means I approached this novel with no idea what to expect in terms of plot, but with high expectations for this sequel to a Booker prizewinner. I found it well written and... More

16th September 2012
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“A really enjoyable read”

It is a long time since I read “Restoration” but found this novel entertaining in its own right. It can certainly be enjoyed by people who have not read “Restoration” first. Merivel’s vanities and caprices are... More

31st August 2012
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