Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
By Andrew Miller
By the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, a stunning historical novel - the tale of a traumatised soldier on a journey in search of peace, which turns into a nail-biting hunt to the death.
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, is a stunning historical novel with the grip of a thriller, written in richly evocative, luminous prose.
'A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts' - Independent on Sunday
One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain.
Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he lights out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail.
In luminous prose, Miller portrays a man shattered by what he has witnessed, on a journey that leads to unexpected friendships, even to love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price. Taut with suspense, this is an enthralling, deeply involving novel by one of Britain's most acclaimed writers.
'One of our most skilful chroniclers of the human heart and mind' - Sunday Times
Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and greeted as the debut of an outstanding new writer. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy.
It has been followed by Casanova, Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award in 2001, The Optimists, One Morning Like A Bird, Pure, which won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, and The Crossing.
Andrew Miller's novels have been published in translation in twenty countries. Born in Bristol in 1960, he has lived in Spain, Japan, France and Ireland, and currently lives in Somerset.
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23 Aug 2018
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Outstanding historical novel which grips like a thriller from the very first page. — The Bookseller Fiction Buyers’ Guide
Miller recreates the past so vividly that reading the novel is never less than a fully immersive experience . . . particularly enjoyable and satisfying. — James Walton, The Times
... excellent ... a novel of delicately shifting moods, a pastoral comedy and passionate romance story alternating with a blackly menacing thriller. It is also a book of ideas: about male violence, the impact of war and the price of freedom. — Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer
A beautifully observed historical thriller ... With writing that's elegiac and enthralling, this is a chase story with a wry edge and a romantic heart. — AnOther Magazine
In his luminous prose, Costa Prize winner Andrew Miller conjures three very different men, but their experiences have all been traumatising. Manhunt and pilgrimage, the tale unfolds into a gripping and, ultimately, surprising exploration of the inner battleground. — Daily Mail
Praise for Andrew Miller's writing:
Every so often a historical novel comes along that is so natural, so far from pastiche, so modern, that it thrills and expands the mind
— Sunday Telegraph
His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising. It reads easily, suspends life until it is read and is a source of wonder and delight — Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times
Miller writes like a poet, with a deceptive simplicity - his sentences and images are intense distillations, conjuring the fleeting details of existence with clarity. — Guardian
A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts — Independent on Sunday
His startling sentences, both beautiful and distressing, can lodge themselves in your brain. — Daily Telegraph
One of our most skilful chroniclers of the human heart and mind — Sunday Times
[His prose] compels, feeling urgent in a way that much contemporary fiction does not. — Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review
Extraordinary; his writing seems to discover, or perhaps creates, additional dimensions to the world, and in the reader. — Sarah Hall