Mrs Engels (Paperback)
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Mrs Engels (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 11/02/2016
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Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Love is a bygone idea, centuries-worn. There are things we can go without, and love is among them; bread and a warm hearth are not. In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums, embarking on the journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill-owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes. But as Lizzie soon learns 'the world doesn't happen how you think it will. The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows.'

Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781925228229
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: New edition

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“Very well researched”

Lizzie Burns is the lover of Frederick Engels, the co-author of the Communist Manifesto, alongside, the more infamous, Karl Marx. Little is known about Lizzie, which is what makes Gavin McCrea’s approach so... More

Hardback edition
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“A beautiful, haunting, voice from the shadows of history”

Here is a story that reclaims a shadowy presence on the margins of history - Lizzie Burns, aka Mrs Engels. Gavin McCrea's book achieves the almost impossible as it effortlessly weaves into a coherent tale the... More

Hardback edition
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“Mrs Engels is really atmospheric”

At the beginning of Mrs Engels, Lizzie Brown gives a warning about men. This warning perfectly introduces the reader to the character of Lizzie. She has been wonderfully crafted by Gavin McCrea, she is sparky and... More

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