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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free | Andrew Miller
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By the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, a stunning historical novel with the grip of a thriller, written in richly evocative, luminous prose. One rain-swept February 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 cannot talk about the war or face the memory of what happened in a village on the gruelling retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he sets out instead for the Hebrides, with the vague intent of reviving his musical interests and collecting local folksongs. Lacroix sails north incognito, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer are on his trail, with orders to kill. The haven he finds on a remote island with a family of free-thinkers and the sister he falls for are not safe, at all.
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jfount
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Ok, yes, yes, I did buy this book to a large degree because the cover art is gorgeous. (I have a thing for wrap-around artwork, I am starting to realize.) But I thoroughly enjoyed the book itself so hopefully all is forgiven? It‘s a tale that gains real tension and suspense as it goes, but the writing is poetic and almost peaceful.

jenniferw88 I've just bought this book today too! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 7mo
Herschelian My brother-in-law recommended this to me, saying it was the best book he‘d read this year. Thank you Alan, it is a stunning book, and definitely my best book of the year so far. The writing is superb; the plot covers some fascinating events, and I really could ‘see‘ the characters and what was happening to them. My sister and I were in two minds as to what really happens in the end. 4mo
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jfount

“Medina did not think Calley disliked him, or disliked him particularly, it was simply that he loved his country. Or it was not love he felt, but a feverish insistence that seemed to Medina not easily told apart from despair.”

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SharonGoforth
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Finished last night. I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this, but I really enjoyed it. Miller‘s writing is gorgeous and the story was interesting. It was a fast read, even at over 400 pages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

charl08 I enjoyed this one too. Gripping stuff. 9mo
SharonGoforth @charl08 Awesome!! 9mo
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SharonGoforth
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Starting another shortlisted title for the Walter Scott Prize 2019! #currentlyreading

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Moray_Reads
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Now we shall be entirely free
I know my own heart
Fugitive pieces
Memories of the future
A time for new dreams
More fool me.
#spinepoetry #31bookpics @howjessreads

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oh very well done! 1y
Moray_Reads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk thanks, spine poetry is fun 1y
saresmoore Love it! 1y
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vivastory Clever! 1y
JazzFeathers Good one! 1y
batsy That twist at the end though 👍🏽 1y
Moray_Reads @batsy it's almost a perfect representation of m idealism just as my natural cynicism kicks in 😅 1y
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Brona
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My happy place....

Reviewsbylola What a striking cover! 1y
Brona @Reviewsbylola truly beautiful up close, but it gets lost on a shelf with all the other new releases. 1y
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charl08
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Just a brilliant look at war, heartbreak and recovery. Set in Napoleonic wars (think Austen's references to the militia) but with a lot to say about now.

charl08 (Picture of Mull lighthouse) 1y
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charl08

Argh. 9/10ths of the way through. What will happen? I want to put this book in the freezer.

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charl08
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Love Andrew Miller. This new one is not disappointing. Classy historical fiction set in the era of Austen.

sprainedbrain This sounds good! 1y
charl08 @sprainedbrain recommended. 1y
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Brona
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Loving Andrew Miller‘s latest offering so far. But it‘s historical fiction with a twist of mystery set in England, with a nod to Napoleon, sailing & ships - what‘s not to love!

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This is a book about war, dishonesty, and the suffering both cause. It is also about triumph and kindness and devotion and guilt. Andrew Miller has written a beautiful, evocative and powerful piece of historical fiction with a great thriller which will keep you reading late into the night

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Moray_Reads
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Such a wonderful book and one that would be a contender for my personal Booker prize. Such graceful, limpid prose and an effortless read that immerses you in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars, from London, to Glasgow to the Highlands and Islands. My heart was racing towards the end and the final pages were breathtaking. I must read Miller's backlist. (Picture stolen from Sceptre Books' Twitter!)

charl08 His backlist is brilliant! My favourite is 1y
Moray_Reads @charl08 stacking! This is just how I like historical fiction ❤️❤️ 1y
minkyb TBR add! 1y
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vivastory You absolutely should be a Booker judge! 1y
readordierachel Sounds wonderful! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm ‘Personal Booker Prize‘ 😁I like that. Stacking! 1y
Reviewsbylola I am in love with this cover. 1y
Kalalalatja Stacked! And I would love to see your personal Booker list! 👏👏 1y
andrew61 Pure was a really good read, the smell of 18thcentury paris came off the page although as it was about clearing a cemetery not sure it was a comfortable aroma - i will definitely look out for this one. 1y
Moray_Reads @andrew61 I remember this being published but I haven't read it 1y
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vivastory This book sounds fantastic! 1y
Moray_Reads @vivastory it's beautifully written and the plot is pretty riveting! 1y
vivastory Message me your new address on Goodreads. I'd like to send you a housewarming gift. 😊 1y
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