Sugar and Rum
By (author) Barry Unsworth
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Sugar and Rum by Barry Unsworth
Book DescriptionUnable to work on his novel about Liverpool's slave trade, Benson is teaching creative writing and wandering the city. The pupils who bring him their fantasies are a sad, dispossessed group with varying degrees of literary talent. Caught up in a series of bizarre events, Benson nevertheless finds his own imagination sparked by an encounter with two old army colleagues: Thompson, down-and-out and homeless; and Slater, a fabulously wealthy entrepreneur. In trying to heal old wounds, Benson unleashes a plan that just may blow up in his face. "There is a violent resolution to this obsessive and provocative novel that examines the abscesses and abysses beneath the violence of urban life and offers a quixotic personal answer." - The Times [London] "Fine descriptive writing and spirited humanity." - The Guardian Published for the first time in the United States Booker Prize-winning author of Sacred Hunger
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393318906
(211mm x 142mm x 17mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 15-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barry Unsworth
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Stone Virgin, Paperback (September 2012)
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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.
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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