Sceptre

  • Now We Shall Be Entirely Free , by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE , is a stunning historical novel with the grip of a thriller, written in richly evocative, luminous prose. 'A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts' - Independent on Sunday One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain. Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he lights out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail. In luminous prose, Miller portrays a man shattered by what he has witnessed, on a journey that leads to unexpected friendships, even to love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price. Taut with suspense, this is an enthralling, deeply involving novel by one of Britain's most acclaimed writers. 'One of our most skilful chroniclers of the human heart and mind' - Sunday Times

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  • @2@@20@REISSUED AS A SCEPTRE 30TH CLASSIC@21@@3@@2@@20@WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2011)@21@@3@@2@@20@A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests.@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@A year unlike any other he has lived.@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.@3@@2@At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.@3@

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