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The Quality of Mercy
Barry Unsworth

Anchor, 2012

It is the spring of 1767, and the vengeful Erasmus Kemp has had the mutinous sailors of his father’s ship brought back to London to stand trial on piracy charges. Much to Kemp’s dismay, the Irish fiddler Sullivan has escaped, and retrieving him proves too much in the midst of overseeing the dramatic legal case and a new business venture in the northern coal and steel industries of Thorpe. But the two men’s paths are about to collide once ...


Sacred Hunger
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1993

Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction: "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."—David Halberstam Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes ...


The Quality of Mercy: A Novel
Barry Unsworth

Nan A. Talese, 2012

Barry Unsworth returns to the terrain of his Booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger , this time following Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, son of a Liverpool slave ship owner who hanged himself. It is the spring of 1767, and to avenge his father's death, Erasmus Kemp has had the rebellious sailors of his father's ship, including Sullivan, brought back to London to stand trial on charges of mutiny and piracy. But as the novel ...


The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2007

"Captivating, sensuous, and immensely moving.... This is Barry Unsworth, the master of resonant historical fiction, on top form."—Jim Crace Set in the Middle Ages during the brief yet glittering rule of the Norman kings, The Ruby in Her Navel is a tale in which the conflicts of the past portend the present. The novel opens in Palermo, in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew live together in precarious harmony. Thurstan Beauchamp, the ...


Land of Marvels: A Novel
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2010

? There is something of E. M. Forster in Unsworth? s knowing depiction of a decaying empire.? ? The New Yorker In this masterful work of historical fiction set during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, the schemes of Western powers grappling for a foothold in Mesopotamia come vividly to life. English archaeologist John Sommerville begins excavating a historical site, believing he has uncovered a find that will revolutionize his field. But ...


Morality Play (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1996

The national bestseller: A medieval murder mystery full of the wonders of the time—and lessons for our own time—by a master storyteller. The time is the fourteenth century. The place is a small town in rural England, and the setting a snow-laden winter. A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives. Breaking the longstanding tradition of only performing religious ...


Pascali's Island
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1997

"A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. . . . Spellbinding."-- New York Times The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople. Although his reports are never acknowledged, never acted upon, he has received regular payment for ...


Crete (Directions)
Barry Unsworth

National Geographic, 2004

The Booker Prize-winning novelist recounts his journeys through Crete, capturing the rich history of the island, the complex influences that have shaped Cretan culture, the island's rugged landscape, and the people of Crete.


The Songs of the Kings: A Novel
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2004

"Pure gold....One of the best books by this most versatile of writers."—Penelope Lively "Troy meant one thing only to the men gathered here, as it did to their commanders. Troy was a dream of wealth; and if the wind continued the dream would crumble." As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman—blood that will ...


Stone Virgin
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1995

In its romantic and dangerous tour of history, Barry Unsworth's Stone Virgin rivals A. S. Byatt's Possession . A mysterious sculpture of a beautiful and erotic Madonna holds the key to the Fornarini family's secrets. When Raikes, a conservation expert, tries to restore her, he is swept under the statue's spell and swept under the spell of the seductive Chiara Litsov, a member of the Fornarini family now married to a famous sculptor. Raikes ...


Losing Nelson (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2000

"Stunningly original. . . . Pulpy and juicy, full of wisdom and horror." — Los Angeles Times Book Review Losing Nelson is a novel of obsession, the story of Charles Cleasby, a man unable to see himself separately from the hero—Lord Horatio Nelson—he mistakenly idolizes. He is, in fact, a Nelson biographer run amok. He is convinced that Nelson, Britain's greatest admiral, who lost his own life defeating Napoleon in the Battle of ...


The Hide
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1996

"[ The Hide ] has it all: imagination, character, dialogue and above all, plot. . . . It's a scary book, written by a master tale-teller."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review This early work by the Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth chronicles one of his literary obsessions the corruption of innocence and forms it into a compelling contemporary narrative set in the rambling, overgrown grounds of an English ...


Mooncranker's Gift
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1996

In this edgy and masterfully written novel, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth explores the themes of the corruption of innocence and the complications of lust. Farnaby, a young Englishman in Istanbul researching a thesis on Ottoman fiscal policy, is nervous at his reunion with the celebrated Mooncranker who once so fatefully influenced and disturbed his life. Mooncranker, a famous intellectual, is now a pitiful alcoholic deserted by ...


The Partnership
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2001

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth's first novel, published for the first time in the United States. Foley and Moss are partners in a successful small business, making plaster pixies for the tourist trade. Foley is the artistic member of the partnership; he thinks up the ideas and designs and has pretensions to even greater artistry in his cherub lamps and fixtures. Moss, the seemingly quiet one who supplied the capital for the ...


The Big Day (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2002

It was a big day for Cuthbertson's Regional School, and it would go off like a bomb. Donald Cuthbertson prided himself on being a model for his students and teachers, but he had lately begun to lose his focus. Degree Day is approaching, along with a birthday party for his wife, Lavinia, who is not going quietly into middle age. Her lavish costume party provides the revelers with a darkly comic resolution to romantic dalliance and political ...


Sugar and Rum: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1999

A "powerfully done" ( Times Literary Supplement ) and tantalizingly semi-autobiographical novel from the author of the Booker Prize-winning Sacred Hunger . Unable to work on his novel about Liverpool's slave trade, Benson is teaching creative writing and wandering the city. The pupils who bring him their fantasies are a sad, dispossessed group with varying degrees of literary talent. Caught up in a series of bizarre events, Benson ...


After Hannibal
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 1998

“A brilliant novel, exquisitely precise in its analysis of evil twisting its way through ordinary lives.” —Claire Hopley, Boston Globe From the Booker Prize-winning author of Sacred Hunger, "a vivid, sinuous, profound, and entirely beguiling venture." —Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times. Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work ...


The Rage of the Vulture
Barry Unsworth

Houghton Mifflin (T), 1983

"A novel of revelation . . . haunting." ? The New Yorker It is May 1908 and the Ottoman world is crumbling. Robert Markham, an Englishman in Constantinople, is newly posted to the British legation with his imperious wife and overly curious son. Markham's hidden life is about to make itself known as he forgets familial and patriotic ties in order to absolve a deep-seated guilt. Twelve years before, he had been involved with an Armenian ...


Idol Hunter
Barry unsworth

Simon & Schuster, 1980

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The Greeks Have a Word for It (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company, 2002

When two men disembark from the same boat in Greece, their lives accidentally and frighteningly intersect. Kennedy, an opportunist, orchestrates a scam that will have some intended and some thoroughly unintended consequences. For Mitsos, an unresolved family tragedy awakens again, along with his need to avenge his parents' deaths. With utterly convincing characterizations, Barry Unsworth brings us the underbelly of the forge of Western ...



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