By (author) Barry Unsworth
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Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth
Book DescriptionLosing 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 Trafalgar, is the perfect hero. However, in his research he has come upon an incident of horrifying brutality in Nelson's military career that simply stumps all attempts at glorification. "Books about the sea and those who sail it are much in vogue. This seems to have been set off by the surprising and much deserved popularity of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, not to mention the Aubrey/Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brian...[Losing Nelson is] the best book of the lot."-Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World (1999 Critic's Choice). A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1999; A New York Times Notable Book of 1999. Reading group guide available.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393321173
(213mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barry Unsworth
Quality of Mercy, Paperback (September 2012)
Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Liverpool slave ship owner, has had the rebellious sailors of his father's ship brought back to London to stand trial on charges of mutiny and piracy. However, Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, has escaped and is making his way on foot to the north of England, stealing and scamming as he goes.
Losing Nelson, Paperback (September 2012)
As the child of an absent mother and a disapproving father, Charles Cleasby found comfort in solitary games of chess. Many years later, in the house where he grew up and now lives alone, he re-enacts the naval battles of his hero Horatio Nelson, moving model ships as carefully as he once did chess pieces.
Stone Virgin, Paperback (September 2012)
For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin.
Land of Marvels, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Barry Unsworth
"There is something of E. M. Forster in Unsworth's knowing depiction of a decaying empire."-The New Yorker
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Author Biography - Barry Unsworth
Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.
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