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An astonishing, richly absorbing first novel, set in 18th Century Derbyshire, about greed, money and love.

Famously, Jane Austen created a fictional universe from 'three or four families in a country village'. In this remarkable first novel James Fleming achieves something very similar: out of the relationships of two men and one woman in Derbyshire in 1788 he has created a fiction that bears comparison with the great novelists of the nineteenth century.
Superficially, the plot is simple. Anthony Apreece covets the land of his young neighbour, Edward Horne. Edward covets Daisy, Anthony's wife. On such simple foundations, James Fleming builds a novel of extraordinary richness, at once a whollly convincing representation of an eighteenth-century world and an utterly modern dissection of two of mankind's most powerful passions: greed and love

Reviews

Heart-stoppingly good. One detects the hand of a master

Sunday Telegraph

A feast of a novel

Mail on Sunday

Startingly good

Daily Telegraph

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  • EBook

    9781446412640

    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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    James Fleming, Robert Fleming

    Paperback

    9780099283522

    August 3, 2001

    Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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