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Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307948447
Pages: 336
Year: 2012-01-10
Winner of the Booker Prize A historical novel set in the eighteenth century, Sacred Hunger is a stunning, engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed in the British Empire as it entered fully into the slave trade and spread it throughout its colonies. Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.
Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241964946
Pages: 640
Year: 2012-10-04
WINNER OF THE 1992 BOOKER PRIZE 'Gripping . . . SACRED HUNGER covers a period between 1752 and 1765 . . . it concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon just released from prison for "denying Holy Writ" . . . the Liverpool Merchant is the vessel on which the whole of the novel hinges, and it carries the reader deep into the history of man's iniquitous greed . . . AS REGARDS ITS DRAMATIC BREADTH AND ENERGY, NO RECENT DOMESTIC NOVEL HAS COME WITHIN A MILE OF IT' - Anthony Quinn in the Independent
Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0140119930
Pages: 629
Year: 1992
WINNER OF THE 1992 BOOKER PRIZE 'Gripping . . . SACRED HUNGER covers a period between 1752 and 1765 . . . it concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon just released from prison for "denying Holy Writ" . . . the Liverpool Merchant is the vessel on which the whole of the novel hinges, and it carries the reader deep into the history of man's iniquitous greed . . . AS REGARDS ITS DRAMATIC BREADTH AND ENERGY, NO RECENT DOMESTIC NOVEL HAS COME WITHIN A MILE OF IT' - Anthony Quinn in the Independent
The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385534787
Pages: 320
Year: 2012-01-10
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 opens, a blithe Sullivan has escaped and is making his way on foot to the north of England, stealing as he goes and sleeping where he can. His destination is Thorpe in the East Durham coalfields, where his dead shipmate, Billy Blair, lived: he has pledged to tell the family how Billy met his end. In this village, Billy's sister, Nan, and her miner husband, James Bordon, live with their three sons, all destined to follow their father down the pit. The youngest, only seven, is enjoying his last summer aboveground. Meanwhile, in London, a passionate anti-slavery campaigner, Frederick Ashton, gets involved in a second case relating to the lost ship. Erasmus Kemp wants compensation for the cargo of sick slaves who were thrown overboard to drown, and Ashton is representing the insurers who dispute his claim. Despite their polarized views on slavery, Ashton's beautiful sister, Jane, encounters Erasmus Kemp and finds herself powerfully attracted to him. Lord Spenton, who owns coal mines in East-Durham, has extravagant habits and is pressed for money. When he applies to the Kemp merchant bank for a loan, Erasmus sees a business opportunity of the kind he has long been hoping for, a way of gaining entry into Britain's rapidly developing and highly profitable coal and steel industries. Thus he too makes his way north, to the very same village that Sullivan is heading for . . . With historical sweep and deep pathos, Unsworth explores the struggles of the powerless and the captive against the rich and the powerful, and what weight mercy may throw on the scales of justice.
Morality Play

Morality Play

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0525434097
Pages: 240
Year: 2017-08-29
A New York Times Notable Book In medieval England, a runaway scholar-priest named Nicholas Barber has joined a traveling theater troupe as they make their way toward their liege lord's castle. In need of money, they decide to perform at a village en route. When their traditional morality plays fail to garner them an audience, they begin to stage the "the play of Thomas Wells"--their own depiction of the real-life drama unfolding within the village around the murder of a young boy. The villagers believe they have already identified the killer, and the troupe believes their play will be a straightforward depiction of justice served. But soon the players soon learn that the details of the crime are elusive, and the lines between performance and reality become blurred as they discover, scene by scene, line by line, what really happened. Thought-provoking and unforgettable, Morality Play is at once a masterful work of historical fiction, a gripping murder mystery, and a literary work of the first order.
Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger

Author: Michelle Belanger
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1411654218
Pages: 142
Year: 2005-10
Author Michelle Belanger has fascinated and informed readers about the vampire in folklore, fiction, and fact since the early 90s. Now enjoy all of Michelle's major essays on this fascinating topic, collected for the first time in one volume. Find out why author Bram Stoker wrote about vampires -- and what real-life psychic vampire inspired the figure of Dracula. Learn about the history and development of the modern community of real vampires. Explore the allure of the vampire in modern culture, and meet members of the vampire underground who have made this potent archetype a fundamental part of their lives ...
Stone Virgin

Stone Virgin

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393313093
Pages: 309
Year: 1995
In its romantic and dangerous tour of history, Barry Unsworth's Stone Virgin rivals A. S. Byatt's Possession.
After Hannibal

After Hannibal

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393317706
Pages: 250
Year: 1998
A group of very different people--including a retired American couple, a feuding British family, two gay lovers, and a manipulative lawyer--is brought together and overwhelmed by local chicanery and the byzantine circuitry of Italian life. Reprint.
Sugar and Rum

Sugar and Rum

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393318907
Pages: 247
Year: 1988
After encountering two old army buddies, Benson, a novelist suffering from writer's block, unleashes a plan that may backfire
The Rage of the Vulture

The Rage of the Vulture

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393313085
Pages: 443
Year: 1995
"A novel of revelation . . . haunting." —The New Yorker
The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy

Author: Faye Kellerman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061864889
Pages: 592
Year: 2009-10-13
Rebecca Lopez enjoys a life of privilege in Elizabeth's England -- yet she guards secrets she dares not reveal. The beautiful, tempestuous daughter of the queen's own physician, Rebecca is also a converso -- a Jew who practices her prohibited religion clandestinely -- helping others of her banned faith escape persecution and death. And her insatiable hunger for excitement often takes her to the bustling streets of London in male garb to experience the kind of adventure available only to men. But one such outing is leading her into a dangerous viper's nest built of intrigue and foul murder in the company of a dashing young actor who inflames her romantic passions, even as he escorts her toward peril, a charming and fearless would-be playwright who calls himself Will Shakespeare.
Pascali's Island

Pascali's Island

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393317218
Pages: 192
Year: 1997
In 1908, on a small Greek island, Basile Pascali receives payment for reporting the activities of people in his community, and when he thinks the townspeople have discovered his secret, he becomes trapped in a world of paranoia, as a dashing Englishman steals the heart of the woman he loves, causing his world to come crashing down around him. Reprint.
The English Patient

The English Patient

Author: Michael Ondaatje
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030777662X
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-04-06
With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal,and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening. From the Hardcover edition.
Baby Hunger

Baby Hunger

Author: Beth Forbus
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1594671516
Pages: 116
Year: 2003-11-01

The Ruby in Her Navel

The Ruby in Her Navel

Author: Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307490335
Pages: 416
Year: 2009-02-04
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 Christian son of a Norman knight, works for Yusuf, a Muslim Arab, in the palace’s central finance office, a job which includes the management of blackmail and bribes, and the gathering of secret information for the king. But the peace and prosperity of the kingdom is being threatened, internally as well as externally. Known for his loyalty but divided between the ideals of chivalry and the harsh political realities of his tumultuous times, Thurstan is dispatched to uncover the conspiracies brewing against his king. During his journeys, he encounters the woman he loved as a youth; and the renewed promise of her love, as well as the mysterious presence of an itinerant dancing girl, sends him on a spiritual odyssey that forces him to question the nature of his ambition and the folly of uncritical reverence for authority. With the exquisite prose and masterful narrative drive that have earned him widespread acclaim, Barry Unsworth transports the reader to a distant past filled with deception and mystery, and whose racial, tribal, and religious tensions are still with us today.