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About the book
  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412640
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Temple of Optimism




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

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412640
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Authors

James Fleming

James Fleming, the nephew of Ian Fleming, was born in London in 1944. He is the author of several novels, all of them good: The Temple of Optimism, Thomas Gage, White Blood, Cold Blood and Rising Blood. He writes in Scotland. His website can be found at www.jamesfleming.co.uk


Praise for The Temple of Optimism

“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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