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ISBN 10: 074755563X / ISBN 13: 9780747555636
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RO20076043: 350 pages. 1ère de couverture illustrée en couleurs. Texte en anglais. In-8 Broché. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 420-Langue anglaise. Anglo-saxon. Bookseller Inventory # RO20076043

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Publisher: Bloomsbury.

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"They were lost. All aboard the Sirius knew it now. 'Damn and blast this fog!' cursed Lucien Windjammer under his breath.'Silence!' he roared out loud. 'For the love of God, not a man shall speak!' An uneasy quiet fell over the crew as he struck a note from the bell. Too late. Ahead of them the fog parted briefly. As the fog rolled back, the blunt face of a cliff jumped skywards. 'Reef! Dead ahead. Rocks!' And in that moment all aboard the 'Sirius' knew that awesome monument would be their gravestone." The fortunes of the trading House of Windjammer are inextricably tied to their ships. And when the ship Sirius goes down, the House is dragged down with it. Adam Windjammer, at the age of 16 is forced to become a man as his family is torn apart round his ears. Trying to protect his mother and his sisters from the predatory business clutches of the banker Van Helsen, and also from his inept and greedy uncle Augustus, Adam feels besieged on all sides. Who can help him now his father has gone? Adam feels only too hard the weighty burden of the Windjammer ring. And Adam can't help being suspicious too of Gerrit, the long-serving family accountant, creeping out at all hours of the night .Adam gets a huge shock when he finally understands the shady and risky business that Gerrit has become involved in. An incredibly colourful and atmospheric novel that paints an evocative picture of living in the bustling, often dangerous sailing port of Amsterdam, where so many livelihoods are tied to the arrival (or not) of the latest ship. Fast-paced and incredibly action-packed, and touching on the tulip mania that envoloped Amsterdam, it will have both boy and girl readers on the edges of their seats as Adam faces the latest twist that Fate deals him


The first of VA Richardson's sequence of historical romances about Dutch traders, The House of Windjammer has all the chiaroscuro and busy-ness of the Rembrandt paintings that form a significant part of its inspiration. The plotting is the purest of melodrama and Richardson has no especial commitment to avoiding cliché--but there is a conviction here and a sense of a society that is all about bustle and feeling righteous and the complex hypocrisies that go with them.

The Windjammers lose their merchant fleet to a storm off the Americas and the young heir fights his uncle for control and a conniving banker, Hugo, for the right to send their remaining vessel on a rescue mission. Adam is pursued by a murderous preacher to whom the mob listens and is in ambivalent love with Hugo's daughter Jade. In addition, we have the inflationary craze for tulips getting progressively out of control with masked figures in low taverns exchanging notional fortunes for a couple of bulbs. There is an intensity and sense of place to this at its best which bodes well for the series as a whole, as well as some lazy use of default plot elements which does not. --Roz Kaveney

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