To the Fair Land

To the Fair Land A Thrilling Eighteenth Century Mystery About A Map, An Author, And A Vicious Killer In 1789 Struggling Writer Ben Dearlove Rescues A Woman From A Furious Covent Garden Mob The Woman Is Ill And In Her Delirium Cries Out The Name Miranda Weeks Later An Anonymous Novel About The Voyage Of The Miranda To The Fabled Great Southern Continent Causes A Sensation Ben Decides To Find The Author Everyone Is Talking About He Is Sure The Woman Can Help Him But She Has Disappeared.It Is Soon Clear That Ben Is Involved In Something Dangerous Than The Search For A Reclusive Writer Who Is The Woman And What Is She Running From Who Is Following Ben And What Is The Admiralty Trying To Hide Before He Can Discover The Shocking Truth Ben Has To Get Out Of Prison, Catch A Thief, And Bring A Murderer To Justice.ABOUT THE CHARACTERBen Dearlove Was Born In Bristol, Twenty Five Year Old Ben Dearlove S Ambition Is To Be An Author, But He Is Expected To Take Over The Family S Apothecary Business His Father Has Agreed To Pay Him An Allowance For Two Years In London To Pursue His Dream Ben S Time Is Nearly Up, But He Has Not Achieved Success And Dreads A Future Mixing Potions He Is A Kind, Pleasant Young Man, Handsome Without Being Vain, With A Romantic Streak.IDEAL READERIdeal For Either Gender At Any Age And Anyone Interested In History, Historical Fiction, Literature And Fantasy.If You Like The Conjurer S Bird By Martin Davies You Will Enjoy To The Fair Land. From the first page, this extraordinary book plunges the reader into late 18th century London and its theatres and coffee houses and far beyond For anyone whose impressions of that period have been largely drawn as I confess have mine by the dictionary episode of Blackadder the Third, To the Fair Land effortlessly supplants them with a much richer understanding of the age and its wider culture.There are lots of different strands that make this a fascinating book 1 The characters are well dra From the first page, this extraordinary book plunges the reader into late 18th century London and its theatres and coffee houses and far beyond For anyone whose impressions of that period have been largely drawn as I confess have mine by the dictionary episode of Blackadder the Third, To the Fair Land effortlessly supplants them with a much richer understanding of the age and its wider culture.There are lots of different strands that make this a fascinating book 1 The characters are well drawn, making the reader sympathetic to the obsessions that trigger the dangerous quest of the hero, Ben Dearlove.2 The writing is masterful, weaving a multi sensory experience of the many settings described The reader is right there with the characters, immersed in the action like an invisible fly on the wall.3 The settings are especially fascinating to anyone who has associations with London s theatre land or the historic maritime city o
The story opens in 1789, as Ben Dearlove, a burgeoning writer, is enjoying a night at the theatre in Covent Garden in London His concentration of the play, about the exploration of undiscovered lands, is rudely interrupted by a hysterical outburst from a young woman seated next to him The young woman is not known to Ben, but feeling a chivalric responsibility, he steers her away from t
Ben Dearlove, an aspiring author, doesn t want to follow his father s footsteps and take over the family apothecary business His father has given him two years to follow his dream and prove himself as a writer In an effort to ingratiate himself to a publisher, be tries to track down the anonymous author of the new book that is taking London by storm, a brilliantly ill
Lucienne Boyce s novel, To the Fair Land, does what good historical fiction is meant to do it seamlessly transports the reader into another time without ever coming across as pedagogical or awkward Her writing style mirrors the era of the late 18th century and feels as though it could have been written contemporaneous
Lucienne Boyce lives in Bristol and therefore has good local knowledge To the Fair Land is historical fiction and is set between London and Bristol I really enjoyed this novel which is set in the 18th century We follow Ben Dearlove as he returns to the city of his origins to find Sarah Edgcumbe, the mysterious woman who can connect him to the author of the book A Voyage to the Fair Land This is a tale of myste
I have only recently met Lucienne and when talking to her about her writing we have focused on her non fiction and the recently published The Bristol Suffragettes However, this is her fiction, astory set in the late 18th century and it was recommended by a friend It is wonderful Populated by intriguing characters and told from a number of different points of view, it keeps you guessing about the truth of the background to a story written about The Fair Land a seemingly idyllic newly discove I have only recently met Lucienne and when talking to h
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  • Paperback
  • 332 pages
  • To the Fair Land
  • Lucienne Boyce
  • English
  • 15 July 2019
  • 1781320179