After years of service in the Russian navy and a gruelling expedition, Captain Frederick Ziege of the Royal Danish Navy meets Emmeline Leslie, a young Australian widower and veteran of the bush. This is a novel about identity and belonging and about the place of memory in uprooted lives.
John De Falbe
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Historical & Mythological Fiction
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The Harvill Press
JOHN DE FALBE is director of the team of booksellers at the legendary John Sandoe, one of London's outstanding literary bookshops. He is the author of The Glass Night and a regular critic for the Spectator.
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Title: The Bequest (illustrated edition) , HB , John De Falbe - NEW
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1864. After years of service in the Russian navy and a gruelling expedition to Greenland, Captain Frederick Ziege of the Royal Danish Navy is enjoying chaperoning his mother, sister and two marriageable nieces for a season on the Riviera. There he meets Emmeline Leslie, a young Australian widower and veteran of the bush. The differences between their complex histories enrich their ensuing romance, but frustrate their search for a home. The Bequest takes the reader from Italy to France, North Africa, Greece, Siberia, Greenland, Australia, and finally England. It is a novel about identity and belonging; about the place of history and memory in uprooted lives. Objects - many of which are pictured, such as an ivory China trade puzzle, a jewelled pencil, a clock - have an almost talismanic role in the interlocking stories of this rich and moving tale.
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