1864. After three years of service in the Russian navy and a gruelling expedition to Greenland, Captain Frederik Ziege of the Royal Danish Navy is enjoying a season on the Riviera with his mother, sister and two marriageable nieces. There he meets Emmeline Leslie, the young Australian widow of a bush pioneer. The differences between their complex histories enrich the ensuing romance, but frustrate their search for a home. The Bequest is a novel about identity and belonging, about the place of history and memory in uprooted lives and, at its heart it is the story of a passionate love affair.
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JOHN DE FALBE is director of the team of booksellers at the legendary John Sandoe, one of London's outstanding literary bookshops. He is the author of The Glass Night and a regular critic for the Spectator.Review:
"a tremendously powerful and superbly written tale of love." Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph "A limpidly written, perfectly pitched story of interlocking families, the novel unpicks the complexities of a moving love affair in the 19th Century with great dexterity. Its power is measured and filtered through a calm and objective narrative voice but, all the same, the book resonates with deep feeling and an impressive veracity." William Boyd, Mail on Sunday "an engaging...valuable and interesting book, particularly as it illuminates our relationship to that other country of the past...an intriguing and intelligent novel that celebrates the fleeting connections that the past bequeaths to us..." Michael Newton, The Guardian
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