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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781444784664

Price: £9.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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‘ANDREW MILLER’S WRITING IS A SOURCE OF WONDER AND DELIGHT’ Hilary Mantel

‘ONE OF OUR MOST SKILFUL CHRONICLERS OF THE HUMAN HEART AND MIND’ Sunday Times

Winner of the Highland Book Prize, shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and a book of the year for the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Spectator and BBC History Magazine

‘Excellent’
Observer

‘Gripping’
Daily Mail

‘Immersive’
The Times

A traumatised soldier in search of peace, a nail-biting hunt to the death – the rapturously acclaimed eighth novel from the author of Pure

When Captain John Lacroix returns to England after fighting Napoleon’s forces in Spain, he is not the man he was. A survivor of the British arm’s infamous retreat to Corunna, he carries with him a shameful secret, one he will travel to the outer reaches of Scotland to forget.

Lacroix’s journey to the Hebrides leads to encounters with thieves and free thinkers, to unexpected friendships, even love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer – unbeknownst to Lacroix, a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer are on his trail. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price.


PRAISE FOR ANDREW MILLER

‘Unique, visionary, a master at unmasking humanity’
Sarah Hall

‘A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts’
Independent on Sunday

‘A highly intelligent writer, both exciting and contemplative’
The Times

‘A wonderful storyteller’
Spectator

Reviews

The joy of reading an Andrew Miller novel is his obvious passion for story and sensual language, and his ability to interweave the two seamlessly. The former is an often-forgotten art form in the contemporary novel, which often seeks to impress rather than entertain, but the latter is what makes him one of the most impressive novelists at work today
Irish Times
He is a very stylish, almost painterly writer, and he has Hilary Mantel's gift for historical reconstruction, for describing the past without making it seem like a wax museum . . . A subtheme of this novel, where one of the main characters can't see and the other can't hear, is unknowability, how hard it is to make sense of the world . . . things are never quite what you expect, and history is altogether stranger than most accounts suggest. What makes Miller's own account so riveting is its alertness to wonder and unpredictability
New York Times Book Review
Miller strikes an impressive balance between adventure and atmosphere
Wall Street Journal
Andrew Miller can spin a ripping yarn with the skill and assurance of a master . . . He fills his novel with vividly etched characters and has a way with words that delights, surprises and enthrals. There is never a dull sentence or commonplace description
Allan Hunter, Sunday Express
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
Extraordinary; his writing seems to discover, or perhaps creates, additional dimensions to the world, and in the reader
Sarah Hall
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
Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail
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
Since the publication in 1997 of his first novel . . . his books have revealed a powerful imagination at work, and one that is also rooted in the precisely yet poetically described realities of daily life . . . In his new novel, he succeeds in creating an involving, suspenseful drama and a moving portrait of a man in search of redemption from the violence of his past
Nick Rennison, Sunday Times
Miller's beautiful sentences are a joy to read and his engrossing novel, teeming with vivid historical detail, is as suspenseful as any thriller
Neil Armstrong, Mail on Sunday
A novel that would not feel out of place in the collected work of Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott or, indeed, alongside William Golding's To the Ends of the Earth trilogy. ...The joy of reading an Andrew Miller novel is his obvious passion for story and sensual language, and his ability to interweave the two seamlessly. The former is an often-forgotten art form in the contemporary novel, which often seeks to impress rather than entertain, but the latter is what makes him one of the most impressive novelists at work today.
John Boyne, Irish Times
The tension is so finely balanced between hunter and hunted that the alternating chapters ultimately form one beautifully integrated whole, whilst the historical setting is perfectly realised . . . a magnificent novel
Eilis O’Hanlon, Irish Independent
The plot grips and surprises. Miller's prose remains poetic and taut with an eye for the telling detail . . . he excels at creating characters who are defined, not limited, by a specific time and place, not just Lacroix, Calley and Medina but the minor players too. Historical or otherwise, this is fiction - storytelling - at its best
Andy Miller, Spectator
Both a ripping yarn and a skilful mediation on absence . . . The pacing of his story is excellent; his style is crisp; his apprehension of pain is arresting; and his ability to show people trembling at the edge of unreason is compelling
Andrew Motion, Guardian
Enthralling . . . Miller paints a richly detailed portrait of a society in some ways familiar, in others impossibly strange
Suzi Feay, Financial Times
This exceptional novel is hypnotically immersive, as though the reader has been genuinely transported to an era when time moved more slowly and life was more dense and extraordinarily vivid
Jane Thynne, Tablet
The sort of novel I always long for and rarely find. Anything Andrew Miller writes, I will read, and Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is an absolute masterclass: observant, generous, beautiful prose, with a thrillingly plotted tale at its heart. Proof if any were needed that truly literary fiction can make for compulsive, suspenseful and joyous reading
Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of <i>The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock</i>
A profound exploration of culpability, written in prose that comes singing off the page . . . a compelling read and an important literary achievement
Fiona Sampson, New Statesman
Brilliant . . . The narrative is framed by beautiful writing and driven by guilt at what men are driven to in extremis. Spectacular
Paul Connolly, Metro
I much enjoyed Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, in which Andrew Miller returned to more orthodox historical fiction after 2015's The Crossing and triumphantly proved there's plenty of life in the old form yet
James Walton, Books of the Year, Spectator
Scary, mysterious and thoughtful - the world of Jane Austen bespattered by mud, atrocity and driving rain
Andrew Marr, Books of the Year, New Statesman
A high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice . . . pitch-perfect
Michael Prodger, Books of the Year, New Statesman
By the end of the opening sentence of Andrew Miller's new novel, we're already knee-deep in fictional territory he has made his own . . . Miller has an extraordinary gift for conjuring actuality from the past
Michael Bird, Daily Telegraph
It successfully combines elements of old-fashioned adventure story with a moving study of a man in search of personal redemption
Nick Rennison, Books of the Year, BBC History Magazine
A layered, riveting novel from a skilled storyteller
Summer Reads, The Times
He is a very stylish, almost painterly writer, and he has Hilary Mantel's gift for historical reconstruction, for describing the past without making it seem like a wax museum. In some of his best books - like Ingenious Pain, his first, about an 18th-century doctor, and the more recent Pure, about an engineer in pre-revolutionary France trying to clean up an ancient cemetery - he brings off the Mantel trick of plunging you so deeply into the past that before long you take it completely for granted . . . A subtheme of this novel, where one of the main characters can't see and the other can't hear, is unknowability, how hard it is to make sense of the world . . . In its formal slipperiness, first one kind of book, then another, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free seems to be making the same point: that things are never quite what you expect, and history is altogether stranger than most accounts suggest. What makes Miller's own account so riveting is its alertness to wonder and unpredictability.
Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review
A propulsive, beautifully written investigation into atrocity, guilt and new beginnings
Justine Jordan, Books of the Year, Guardian