Results of the Man Booker Prize in the year 1987.
Elderly, uncompromising Claudia Hampton lies in a London hospital bed with memories of life fluttering through her fading consciousness. An author of popular history, Claudia proclaims she’s carrying out her last project: a history of the world. This history turns out to be a mosaic of her life, her own story tangled with those of her brother, her lover and father of her daughter, and the center of her life, Tom, her one great love found and lost in war-torn Egypt. Always the independent woman, often with contentious relationships, Claudia’s personal history is complex and fascinating. As people visit Claudia, they shake and twist the mosaic, changing speed, movement, and voice, to reveal themselves and Claudia’s impact on their world.
“Achebe has written a story that sidesteps both ideologies of the African experience and political agendas, in order to lead us to a deeply human universal wisdom.” —Washington Post Book World.
“[Anthills Of The Savannah] has wonderful satiric moments and resounds with big African laughter.” —The New York Review Of Books.
“Achebe moves effortlessly…creating a flurry of perspectives from which his story’s dramatic and disturbing events are scrutinized. Anthills Of The Savannah…will prove hard to forget. It’s a vision of social change that strikes us with the force of prophecy” —USA Today.
Many years ago, one of their number writes a political book. Time passes and their opinions about the book change. The theft of a wife further embroils the situation. Moral indignation must be separated from political disagreement.
In this remarkable detective novel Peter Ackroyd investigates the death of Thomas Chatterton, the eighteenth-century poet-forger and genius, who died at the tender age of eighteen under extremely strange circumstances. Fusing themes of illusion and imagination, delusion and dreams, the author weaves strands from three centuries. The cast is a motley crew of Dickensian eccentrics and rogues, from the outrageous, gin-sipping Harriet Scrope to the tragic Charles Wychwood, on a personal quest for Chatterton’s deepest secrets. With his customary wit and attention to historical detail, Peter Ackroyd blends truth and fiction into a tantalizingly clever whodunit, an ingenious twist on the tale of English literature’s greatest prodigy and most notorious “suicide.”
Major figures in the life of the narrator, a painter who specializes as a copyist, are Clio, his child-bride, Helen, his first wife, and his mother Maisie. They confound lies and the truth in a subtle weave, while the silent agony of the painter’s son is a reflection on the busy web of deception.
Somewhere in an unnamed Eastern bloc country, someone is out to silence Cardinal Bern. Is it the Secret Police, or is it—more shockingly—fanatical Catholic activists who believe that Bern, by keeping the peace between Church and State, has finally compromised himself too far? Narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, Bern is abducted by sinister, anonymous men, and spirited away to a I safe-house’ against his will. Evading his unknown captors, he is faced with a horrifying proposition: no longer sure of whom he can trust, Bern realises that he alone can avert the revolution which threatens to tear his country apart…