Now We Shall Be Entirely Free (Paperback)Andrew Miller (author)
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Andrew Miller is amongst our most profound fictional talents. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is a immersive ripping yarn of hidden literary distinction, summoning the spirit of Buchan with Booker-level writerly craft. A cracker.
Our Fiction Book of the Month for June 2019
‘The plot grips and surprises. Miller’s prose remains poetic and taut, with an eye for the telling detail… Historical or otherwise, this is fiction — storytelling — at its best.’ – The Spectator
Somerset , 1809: a ravaged soldier drags himself across the threshold of his home, destined to perish were it not the efforts of his housekeeper to save him. This is Captain John Lacroix, a combatant of the Peninsular War, a man shattered by something so unspeakable his only instinct is to flee from himself. With his healing comes command to return to his regiment: instead, Lacroix chooses the Hebrides.
Meanwhile, across the moors and fields follow his possible nemesis: the English corporal Calley and a Spanish officer by the name of Medina, under secret orders. An atrocity was committed on the British retreat to Corunna, and justice must be delivered. Lacroix is unaware of this fresh danger, consumed only by his blighted past and his current action of treason. Soon, the paths of these men must converge, and the moment of reckoning will be upon them all.
Andrew Miller, author of Ingenious Pain and the Costa Book Award-winning Pure turns his considerable talents to a story of justice and revenge in the shadow of the Napoleonic War. Lightly wearing its considerable research, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free fuses menacing thriller and historical novel into a very contemporary examination of combat’s aftermath and its price for all involved.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 29 mm
'Scary, mysterious and thoughtful - the world of Jane Austen bespattered by mud, atrocity and driving rain.' - Andrew Marr, The New Statesman
'A propulsive, beautifully written investigation into atrocity, guilt and new beginnings.' - Justine Jordan, The Guardian
'Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, a high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice - is pitch-perfect.' - Michael Prodger, The New Statesman
'The plot grips and surprises. Miller's prose remains poetic and taut with an eye for the telling detail . . . he excels at creating characters who are defined, not limited, by a specific time and place, not just Lacroix, Calley and Medina but the minor players too. Historical or otherwise, this is fiction - storytelling - at its best.' - Andy Miller, Spectator
'Excellent ... a novel of delicately shifting moods, a pastoral comedy and passionate romance story alternating with a blackly menacing thriller. It is also a book of ideas: about male violence, the impact of war and the price of freedom.' - Johanna Thomas-Corr, The Observer
'A profound exploration of culpability, written in prose that comes singing off the page... a compelling read and an important literary achievement.' - Fiona Sampson, The New Statesman
'Enthralling... Miller paints a richly detailed portrait of a society in some ways familiar, in others impossibly strange' - Suzi Feay, The Financial Times
'I much enjoyed Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, in which Andrew Miller returned to more orthodox historical fiction after 2015's The Crossing and triumphantly proved there's plenty of life in the old form yet.' - James Walton, Spectator
'Both a ripping yarn and a skilful mediation on absence ... The pacing of his story is excellent; his style is crisp; his apprehension of pain is arresting; and his ability to show people trembling at the edge of unreason is compelling.' - Andrew Motion, The Guardian
'In his luminous prose, Costa Prize winner Andrew Miller conjures three very different men, but their experiences have all been traumatising. Manhunt and pilgrimage, the tale unfolds into a gripping and, ultimately, surprising exploration of the inner battleground.' - Elizabeth Buchan, The Daily Mail
'Miller recreates the past so vividly that reading the novel is never less than a fully immersive experience... particularly enjoyable and satisfying.' - James Walton, The Times
'Since the publication in 1997 of his first novel ... his books have revealed a powerful imagination at work, and one that is also rooted in the precisely yet poetically described realities of daily life. ... In his new novel, he succeeds in creating an involving, suspenseful drama and a moving portrait of a man in search of redemption from the violence of his past.' - Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times
'Miller's beautiful sentences are a joy to read and his engrossing novel, teeming with vivid historical detail, is as suspenseful as any thriller.' - Neil Armstrong, The Mail on Sunday
'Andrew Miller can spin a ripping yarn with the skill and assurance of a master and the winner of the 2011 Costa Book of the Year for Pure is at the top of his game with Now We Shall Be Entirely Free... He fills his novel with vividly etched characters and has a way with words that delights, surprises and enthrals. There is never a dull sentence or commonplace description' - Allan Hunter, The Sunday Express
'By the end of the opening sentence of Andrew Miller's new novel, we're already knee-deep in fictional territory he has made his own... Miller has an extraordinary gift for conjuring actuality from the past.' - Michael Bird, The Daily Telegraph
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